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Building Better Bombs Freak Out Squares

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01. This is a Gang 02. No Handouts 03. No Hospitals 04. Look Out 05. Bottle Rocket 06. The Action Pact 07. Lights Out, Knives Out (And Fuck Your Shitty Mailbombs) 08. Death Ships 09. Cold, Not Frozen 10. Kid Tested, Motherfuckin' Approved 11. Body Bag 12. A Headstart 13. MPLS, Winter '05
2007 Init Records
Our score 7

by Nick
9/5/2007

Remember when the Blood Brothers used to put out material that was three parts punk and hardcore and one part sass (instead of the other way around) Well whether Minneapolis' Building Better Bombs intended to do so or not, they've brought back this formula with their debut full-length, Freak Out Squares, a very likeable combination of punk, hardcore, fuzzy noise rock and everything in between. But using a Blood Brothers comparison probably isn't the best route to go. Half of you have already stopped reading and the other half are cautiously proceeding looking for something on which their skepticism can feed. The truth is, much of Freak Out Squares displays a hardcore lean greater than anything the Blood Brothers could ever dream up. The opening one-two punch of "This is a Gang" and "No Handouts" sound closer to a catchier Outbreak than anything off of Burn Piano Island, Burn, and the spastic "Lights Out, Knives Out (And Fuck Your Shitty Mailbombs)" could easily pass for an unreleased Some Girls track. Yet BBB refuses to be limited to one style. "Death Ships" is a catchy post-punk number that might just be what Thunderbirds Are Now! would sound like if they crossed over onto the heavier side of the ball game. A few moments of "Kid Tested, Motherfuckin' Approved" are reminiscent of Bear vs. Shark, which is always a good thing. And a song title like "Kid Tested, Motherfuckin' Approved" spells success in my book no matter what. Throw in a few well-placed electronic samples and beats for interludes and you've got yourself a pretty entertaining record. It doesn't matter that it may be a little difficult to nail BBB's sound into a specific genre. Whatever they do, whether it is hardcore or punk or catchy rock tunes, they do it with feedback soaked guitars, dirty bass lines and frantic screams. And most importantly, they do it well. There's a few less than memorable moments, such as the dragging parts of "A Headstart" or the Coheed and Cambria sounding clean chorus of "No Hospitals," but these shouldn't stand in the way of listeners discovering this enjoyable record. Bottom Line: Building Better Bombs' Freak Out Squares provides an palatable mixture of the older days of the Blood Brothers with some hardcore, punk, and noise rock influences that will appeal to fans of catchy, slightly spazzy hardcore. It's not exactly record of the year, but it's pretty damn solid. Rock on.

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xcorruptx_ 9/5/2007 9:18:57 PM

The blood brothers comparisons in this review dont apply at all, (especially since that band is so annoying vocally) so just ignore them. This is catchy art punk/post hardcore. Go get it.


chainsawd_ 9/5/2007 10:06:27 PM

art gays


Cory_ 9/6/2007 12:03:40 AM

This review failed to mention two MAJOR points about this record: 1) The vocalist of Building Better Bombs is Rhymesayers/Doomtree rap artist P.O.S.. He's a versatile dude and a great musician. 2) A lot of this record sounds like Boysetsfire.


wizardsbeard_ 9/6/2007 8:08:12 AM

"the heavier side of the ball game"?


anonymous 9/6/2007 10:14:51 AM

Sounds like a bunch of worthlessness to me


noodly__ 9/6/2007 11:03:43 AM

an palatable


truthsayer_ 9/6/2007 11:34:37 AM

Just saw P.O.S. on Sunday -- one hell of a performer. I think I'm gonna get this record.


anonymous 9/6/2007 12:31:06 PM

this cd is sweet


justhaveheart_ 9/6/2007 2:04:35 PM

Yes, he did fail to mention that their fontman is P.O.S. of rhymesayers/doomtree fame. Also, my old band played with them in Minneapolis at a cafe once. They are a fun band to watch with great sound.


Kevin_ 9/6/2007 3:11:29 PM

Cory. Don't comment on this. You're still gay. DOOOOMTREEEEEEEE! Good album.


punksucksgo_ 9/6/2007 8:14:46 PM

never heard the album but this review makes it soudn ghey.


grudgeagainstastranger_ 9/7/2007 12:38:17 AM

good to see the goat review this. there's no need to mention the p.o.s. connection, it can stand on it's own.


shredemdead_ 9/7/2007 12:47:15 AM

shit band, but what is the point of going to the trouble of reviewing and album and then just describing every aspect of the album as "song x sounds like band x if they did x differently"... shit reviewer.


mkek_ 4/10/2008 6:36:25 PM

this drummer is incredible! awesome guys