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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Review: Teenage Bottlerocket - Total

A major selling point for Teenage Bottlerocket is the once part and now full-time addition of Kody, who fronted The Lillingtons, one of the best post-Ramones bands. Teenage Bottlerocket have only a bit in common with The Lillingtons in sound, being harder and driven by the sweet one-note-at-a-time guitar leads made famous by Screeching Weasel and The Queers. The appeal of The Lillingtons, one of them at least, was how Kody strummed out hypnotic 4-chord riffs.

You can sample the only Teenage Bottlerocket song that sounds like The Lillingtons here as an MP3 sample. That would be "Stupid Games". As a matter of fact it sounds something like "I Saw The Apeman (On The Moon)". Needless to say it's the poop.

Teenage Bottlerocket ranks up there in the upper middle of the best of Screeching Weasel, The Queers, The Methadones and The Riverdales. They're not a revelation but they are carrying on a fine tradition that as far as I know lies dormant.


Blogger Richard said...

It does lie dormant and I am very sad because of it. There was actually just such a pop punk beast in the very small and outta-the-way town I moved to for work but they have since disbanded. I missed the opportunity to see Teenage Bottlerocket because I didn't want to drive six hours into Alabama but I hear that another record is coming. They're pre-Kody stuff is on a couple of 7"s and those are ok too.

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