CD REVIEW: Attack Ships On Fire - Punches Are Free
By Don Sechelski - 08/30/2009 - 06:02 PM EDT
Artist: Band:Attack Ships On Fire Album: Punches Are Free Website:http://attackshipsonfire.com Genre: Punk-Rock Technical Grade: 10/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10 Overall Talent Level: 10/10 Songwriting Skills: 10/10 Best Songs: Punches Are Free, Let Me Be, Back To You CD Review:
Punches Are Free
is the new release from Attack Ships On Fire, a punk rock band with a sense of
humor and some pretty good chops. These guys play intense, hard-hitting punk.
In other words, it’s very loud and very fast with an in-your-face attitude. But
yet, there’s a little more. Attack Ships On Fire brings intelligence and a
witty sarcasm that sets them apart.
This Portland, Oregon based band consists of Mike Bell on
vocals, Matt “Knuckles” Theodoroff on guitar, Allan Carter on drums, and Kevin
Cameron on bass. The band co-wrote the songs and co-produced the CD and the
result is cohesive and well done.
The songs are intensely angry and loud. Let Me Be assaults the listener from the very beginning and never
lets up. Knuckles’ guitar riff sears the brain while Carter and Cameron attack their
instruments with a vengeance. Punches Are
Free, the title cut, made me laugh out loud while my ears were ringing. But
these guys aren’t just loud and fast, they display a level of musicianship and
intelligence that many punk bands just can’t pull off. Back To You, one of my favorite cuts, starts off like the Ventures
on a bad meth trip before exploding. Bells’ vocal, on this and all the other
cuts, is a perfect blend of snarling passion and righteous indignation.
Attack Ships On Fire is in the mainstream of punk rock. They
know what they want to do and they deliver the goods. With strong songwriting
and excellent performances, Punches Are
Free is a winner. If you are a fan of punk then definitely check out Attack
Ships On Fire and their new release, Punches
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