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MERCURY RECORDS 04.07.05
This is the band’s fourth album. Fourth! I dunno how fair it seems to put one man’s opinion on the sweat and grunt of a band, producers etc but I struggled to the end of this album, four would be an unachievable task. Up here in the lofty heights of Vanguard Towers we try to be fair and we road test albums on the hifi, on the ghetto blaster, in the morning, in the evening, drunk and sober. This one, as befits skateboarder mosh-music, crashed and burnt every time.
CKY are big in the skating community and have a guitarist with what must be a made up name – Chad I Ginsburg. They make skating music that is well made but, in the end, pretty boring. Guitars chug, vocals emote in a sensitive way, handing out advice attractive to teenage skaters and, occasionally, an out of place guitar line floats over the top – courtesy of Chad I Ginsburg’s nimble knob-twiddling.
Emo values rule here, along with a thanaturgical drive unusual in people on their fourth album - “There’s ten thousand reasons to survive, you only needed one to die.” The first song was the lone highlight for me, with the nicely sarky line: “Tragically, mistake you for a man.”
Can anyone explain to this confused journo why there is a note on the sleeve that “no synthesisers or keyboards were used on this record”? Is there some sort of Crips and Bloods warfare between Skaters and Piano players? Can I watch the resulting scrap? My money’s on the Pianists to win, if only ‘cos their hardware is heavier.