Bomb the Music Industry!
Album Minus Band


4.5
superb

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2007 | 696 replies | 26,047 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

There really are very few bands in the world like Bomb the Music Industry! How many bands do you know that would be willing to allow people to decide how much they wish to spend on their album? In theory everyone who downloads and burns their albums to CD could choose not to pay a single cent; in reality many do choose to 'donate' the suggested $5, and this allows the band to survive. As it turns out, the band must have received a fair few donations for their 'free' downloads because they have survived long enough to produce three albums; all of which are available in this revolutionary format. But back in 2005, when BtMI! released this album, their debut-Album Minus Band, they could have had no idea that people would take to this idea with such approval and generosity. In a music world where chain stores sell CD's at prices that are simply waaaay too much, Bomb the Music Industry! and 'labelmates' at Quote Unquote Records act as the counterculture to the mainstream, and this makes their name very relevant-Bomb the Music Industry!

Ethics aside, what is important about the music world is just that - the music. If BtMI! were *** then their DIY, punk ethics could potentially be rendered redundant. If they were *** then no one would bother downloading their music, let alone paying for it. There are a lot of "if they were ***"'s there aren't there? Well, that's the point Bomb the Music Industry! are not ***. In fact, they are far from it. Their music is a riotous blend of punk, with brilliant doses of ska, folk and synth rock. As good as they are on CD, or more specifically in MP3 format; you can't help but imagine how much better they would be live. This is because of how energetic the music is - there is more energy in these twelve tracks than an ocean of Red Bull with 1000 sugar pills dissolved in it; that of course is a very, very good thing.

This amazing energy is displayed right away in the fast, angry and less-than-a-minute long 'Blow Your Brains Out On Live TV'. A song like this could easily come across as filler, but instead it serves as a brilliant introduction to a brilliant album. It's lyrics are made up of an angry attack against President Bush, trying to persuade him to commit suicide in front of the nation. The lyrics are far from political however, instead they are immature, but then again maturity is not what they are aiming for. They are aiming for raucous, fun punk and they hit the nail truly, and squarely on the head. The album's opener is one of two songs under a minute, the other being 'Funcoland vs. The Southern Electorate'. Written in much the same vein as 'Blow Your Brains Out On Live TV', the song could well be political judging by it's title, but it is impossible to tell from the lyrics as it is so fast that it becomes impossible to tell clearly what they are. So instead of listening out for the lyrics in this one, it is best just to enjoy the fast punk music while it lasts.

Fast and furious punk is worked into pretty much every song here, but what keeps it from being generic ( in fact what make it completely un-generic) are the other influences on show. Brilliant, fast synth riffs are incorporated in a fair few songs throughout the album, and when they are used, they make excellent songs. As it happens, the best song on the album - 'FRRREEEEEEEEE BIIIIIIIRRRRRRD!!! ... has a great synth riff, that simply couldn't sound happier if it tried. The song itself, is a perfect mix of reggae and fast-as-*** punk. It is like what a huge sugar rush might sound like. It is followed by the closer Future 86 which is the total opposite of it's hyper-active predecessor. It is far slower and more melancholic, and has a thin texture to begin with - a solo voice over a 'hawaiian' sounding guitar. As it happens, that solo voice is not alone, as he is later joined by a whole chorus of voices singing in unison, that makes it sound like a campfire song, but actually good. About 2/3 of the way through a brass section comes in, with a saxophone mimicking the vocal pattern in the song. It is a great end to the album, as it is the exact opposite of what most of the album is - riotous punk with ska, reggae and folk influences.

What makes the final track more pleasing is that in the other track that uses acoustic guitar, the vocals sounded awful, and surely would have benefitted from the band being on a 'professional' label. Thankfully the poor start to 'Sweet Home Cananada' is the only weak moment on the album. Although, the opening section to the song may be lacking in the sound quality department, the tail end of the song certainly isn't. This is when all the other instruments join in, with the acoustic strumming still at the forefront of the mix. The result of the gang vocals, and much thicker texture is a fuller, warm feeling. One possible reason why most of the songs are so chaotic here, is that some are written about panic attacks, and the energy in the songs is there to capture the feeling. The prime example of this is 'I'm a Panic Bomb, Baby!' with the 'jerky'-sounding yells of "I'm a panic bomb-please stay away from me!" As well as this jagged vocal line, the song also uses "woah"'s, which make the listener immediately want to sing along. These vocal parts over very bouncy, happy ska-punk music make for one of the best songs on Album Minus Band

The bounciness of a lot of the songs is because of the bass lines used, as in many cases they tend to walk all over the place and are always prominent. The rhythm section is completed by the drums, which as you would expect from this type of music, are very, very fast. The guitar parts are mainly just standard power chords, but this is all that is needed, and they do their jobs well. Synths are used to great effect, especially in 'Does Your Face Hurt? No?...' where a synth riff introduces the track, before giving way to great call-and-response vocal parts. The song also shows some of the better musicianship in the second verse where the texture thins dramatically, very suddenly-allowing the drums to add some interesting fills to the mix. However, while this is great and all, Bomb the Music Industry! don't need to rely on excellent musicianship, simply because they work so well together, and write such great songs. The songs have so much energy that it makes up for the fact that they are hard to learn, because they will make you want to listen again and again until you are singing/shouting along with every word.

Despite this being such a great album, it will most likely remain unheard by many people, as they simply won't have heard of, or hear about the band. That is a shame because they have no idea what they're missing out on. Bomb the Music Industry! have made a highly enjoyable debut album, and have stayed true to their name by not allowing bastards in the music industry to reap the benefits of the band's work. In doing this, they have also made it readily available for the fans - for free! So really, what have you got to lose by downloading this album - nothing but time. By selling music in this fashion Bomb the Music Industry! are perhaps one of the only true DIY bands in the world today. Their business ethic is astonishing - their music is more so.



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Intransit
June 22nd 2007



2797 Comments


Pretty good review. I heard this band was headlining the fest this year in Gainesville (which I'm going to). Is this a good introduction to the band?

Liebensaft
June 22nd 2007



22 Comments


Yeah, this band rules. This is their first full-length album, so as good a place as any to start. I really love the fact that all their music is free, and I'd very much like to see them.

LightningJ
June 25th 2007



120 Comments


Seeing them live would be killer. I haven't really listened to this album all the way through, but I did like To Leave or Die in Long Island a lot. I'll have to check in on this album again. Really good review, by the way.

tom79
July 9th 2007



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is really cool. Eventually I'll download all their albums. Free music afterall.

Digging: David Dondero - South of the South

Intransit
August 6th 2007



2797 Comments


Downloaded this today, but Daitro is owning my soul. I'll listen to it later.

Cravinov13
August 6th 2007



3854 Comments


This looks gayer then Richard Simmons.

tom79
August 6th 2007



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not gay at all...This Message Edited On 08.06.07

Serpento
August 6th 2007



2351 Comments


Agh, been meaning to get this for a while now. I got into ASOB at the same time I found this album, so I kinda forgot about it. Nice review.

descendents1
August 7th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just listened to this today. I've had it for about a month. I highly regret putting it off.

Two-Headed Boy
September 14th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ready...Set...No!!! is so awesome.

PhoenixRising
September 14th 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff, i love these guys. I would say:

Goodbye Cool World > Album Minus Band > To Live and Die in Long Island



Condog
September 25th 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

simply brilliant

StrictlyRude
February 12th 2008



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love BTMI! like a brother. Great review, you definitely did the album its justice

PanasonicYouth
October 3rd 2008



7411 Comments


Oh my god. This is some of the most spastic, crazy-ass stuff I've ever heard.
Is this love?
This Message Edited On 10.02.08

POINTLESS5448
January 25th 2009



4 Comments



I lost faith in the punk scene for a while. Until I saw them. Most fun show I have ever been to in my entire life. Hands down.


bungy
December 7th 2009



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get the hell out of here. You don't have the magic in you. You never did. You don't have it here. So take a good look....it's the last time you'll see these.

bungy
December 7th 2009



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

twice posted

TRMshadow
December 16th 2009



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great Album, but would be much more enjoyable (to me) if it was better quality. (the download is at 160kbps)

hoipolloi
April 11th 2010



152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys are just fucking awesome, hands down one of the best bands around right now

climactic
September 4th 2010



18575 Comments


Sweet Home Cannada is the best



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