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The Menzingers

A Lesson In The Abuse of Information Technology

February 12th, 2008 · post by jas · Make a comment

Record label: Go-Kart Records

Wow, will Go-Kart Records never cease to be a record-releasing machine? I remember a couple of years ago, when they had me on their books to review, and it seemed every couple of weeks there would be a record or two through my letterbox.

Anyway, the title of this album gripped me. In a way, I wish it was a book instead of a CD as I wouldn’t mind reading it.

Track one is a frantic political ode to the war, messy and punk rock until its 2:16 conclusion. Track two, ‘Sir Yes Sir’, starts with gang vocals, and already I am in love with this CD before the song trips into an off-beat verse. They are a bit like Against Me! in their more epic moments.

Sloppy punk lead vocals with melodic backup just adds to the charm, but makes the words quite hard to make out in places. The lyrics are pretty abstract and only half-explanatory, so it’s a good job they have written the songs in full in the liner notes to let the listener fully contemplate them.

Just as I think I have the band pegged as loud and fast, they surprise me again with track five, ‘Coal City Blues’, a melancholy acoustic offering more reminiscent of the folk-punk of state buddies Mischief Brew.

If you want to try out some fresh, enthusiastic, melodic punk on a hard-working European label, I would recommend A Lesson In The Abuse of Information Technology.

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