Well, well, well. Give me ‘American Punk' and you are often signing up for a rant
about how much I can't stand it in general. (I know I like Rancid, but
that doesn't COUNT) So when I was given a Blameshifters cd to review, I
eyed it with suspicion for some time, (even though I thought the sleeve
was cute-as) and eventually bit the bullet...and really really liked it
and would like to adopt them. So there.
One of the most reliable bands on the Northern California punk scene
Mat Loman (guitar and vocals) Pigman (bass and vocals) and Steveness
(drums) got together in about 2003 and have swept through Californ-i-a
like an enjoyable infection, playing shows with Social Unrest, Agent
Orange and The Dickies to name but a few, they're hailed as one of the
most reliable bands on the Northern California punk scene, they
apparently put the punk into punctual (and bloody good too-punctuality
is the politeness of Princes don'tcha know!)
They released their debut album Feast before the Famine (which was independently recorded) in 2005 and their second Disenfranchised Anarchist was again, independently recorded and released in late 2007. They also feature on the compilation It's Not A Sinking Ship! on Abandon Hope Records in 2008.
I'm completely digging on the sinister intro of Not Religious
which is tongue-in-cheek amusing considering the content (Priests and
Nuns doing...what?!) and the melodies and delicious bass lines on Happiest Boy in America
are a delight and you get a real value-for-money sense from the album
as a whole, as not only do you get 15 kick ass songs, but they pack so
much into each song that it's like listening to three songs at a time
(which is a damn good trait in a band that I like to encourage) I'm off
to once again shift my attention to The Blameshifters. Enjoy.
-Rebecca Switchblade, TSM Radio