Teenage Bottlerocket –Freak Out! (Fat Wreck Chords)
CD / LP / DL
Blazing out of Wyoming, USA, Teenage Bottlerocket are a blitzkrieg bopping, punk rocking, force of nature. Freak Out! is the fifth album by them.
Catching them on their recent opening slot with Dropkick Murphys in Glasgow, I was rather impressed by their breakneck, 100mph good-time vibe.
Clearly fans of The Ramones, TBR had a partisan crowd giving it the large one pretty much from the off.
They’re not blazing any new trails in avant garde music, let’s get that clear: what they are doing is kicking any pretension into touch and having a good time. Remember when bands used to do that? Novel, I know.
The album, their fifth, takes no prisoners whatsoever.
The opening track sets the scene nicely; careening guitars, sweet vocal harmonies, suicidal drumming and all over in a matter of minutes. Perfect, chiming punk rock with a pop twist.
Headbanger is a scream. Chugging, fuzzed-out guitars intermesh, basslines swoop and the lyrics detail attending a party that is full of heavy metal geezers who all have “poufy hair” and give themselves brain damage doing the aforementioned head bang.
Who Killed Sensei? continues the punk rockin’ party with it’s lyrics about the late kung fu master amidst its seething, slicing riffola. Brandon Carlisle’s drumming is precise whilst still having a gung-ho approach about it. Co-vocalist and lead guitarist Kody Templeman (also of The Lillingtons) weaves harmonies in and out of Ray Carlisle’s shouty entreaties.
The album has a little of the Gen X’s about it and this is not a bad thing.
A cracking little album by a band that are only going to get better. Unless the partying kills them, that is.
Words by Joe Whyte. More writing by Joe on Louder Than War can be found here. Ω