Bomb the Music Industry!
Goodbye Cool World!


3.5
great

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
July 12th, 2007 | 995 replies | 28,144 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Bomb the Music Industry! isn’t just a band name for its large collection of members; it is also something of a manifesto for the band. As it turns out, they are not exactly ‘bombing’ the music industry, but instead are standing, facing it with middle finger raised confidently and proudly. By allowing fans to download all three of their albums (including this one) for free they make ALL of the ‘professionals’ in the music industry look like huge sell-outs for charging money for their music. This business ethic is certainly very admirable and is the main reason why a lot of their fans have discovered them – by downloading their album(s) knowing they have nothing to lose. However, while being so far from the traditional music industry they have no chance of successfully ‘bombing’ the music industry – save for some kind of musical revolution… Usually third albums are where revolutions happen, it is sort of a ‘now or never’, ‘do or die’, ‘sink or swim’ album for bands. A band’s debut announces them to fans and sets up their stall, so to speak; a band’s sophomore album is an opportunity to either to cement their status or build on the one that their debut gave them. By album number three they have normally already caught people’s attention and these people have at least some idea what to expect. It is a band’s duty to either meet that expectation or shatter it. It is ‘make or break’ time. However, in contrast to the last 103 words or so Bomb the Music Industry! neither ‘make’ (meet) or ‘break’ people’s expectations with ‘Goodbye Cool World’. While sometimes they tread new ground successfully, they too often fail in attempting to recreate the chaotic mix of punk, ska and synth pop on their last two albums.

After speaking so thoroughly of expectations of band’s third albums, it is only right to say what people’s expectation of this must have been. After listening to the bands previous efforts: ‘Album Minus Band’ and ‘To Leave or Die in Long Island’ (both released in 2005) most people would have expected the album to be joyfully chaotic yet under control, allowing the music to be digestible without taking anything away from the joyful chaos. Album opener ‘Old and Unprofessional’ confirms half of this theory, in that it is very raw and very fun. However, the short furious and crazy noise is just that – noise. It is a very worrying start to the album. In fact where the fast songs on ‘old’ albums were the strongest, here they are without question the weakest. Songs like ‘From Martyrdom to Star(tyr)dom’ and ‘It’s Official! We’re Borrrring!’ (Actually incredibly far from being boring, so not a clue where they got this idea from!) are too fast for their own good as they leave no impression whatsoever, and have no standard points which is disappointing.

There are a fair few fast songs on the album, and only one of them is actually good, and that song is ‘King of Minneapolis pts. III & IV’. It is just as lively as some of the other songs on the album, but is perhaps the only time where the pace is well controlled. It also mixes ska with ridiculously fast punk making it one of the more enjoyable songs on the album. Its predecessor ‘King of Minneapolis pts. I & II’ is more mild but still doesn’t lose it’s craziness as Jeff Rosenstock sings “I nearly drank myself to death!” in a deliriously happy voice. It is a very strong song with time changes from 4/4 to 6/8 and a cool keyboard riff that sounds suspiciously like the Pacman theme. Unusual time signatures are not exactly what you’d expect, but it’s what you get every so often. For example the chorus of ‘Grudge Report’ is in 7/4 which is interesting as it doesn’t allow Rosenstock to break for air after each repetition of “I’ll take my chances and go it alone”. It is mainly acoustic throughout, but builds up into a chaotic yet ‘large’ sounding chorus.

While the fast songs here might not be as good as on previous albums, the slower songs, or mid-tempo songs have improved tremendously and are some of the strongest songs on the album. It is the ‘slower’ songs which save the album from being a fast, drunken mess as they offer a break from the energy and are actually in most cases very good songs in their own right. Often they use their reggae/ska influences to create mid-tempo songs that while still fairly energetic, are more subdued and are somewhat relaxing. The best example of this is the hilariously titled or embarrassingly titled, take your pick, ‘Sorry, Brooklyn. Dancing Won’t Solve Anything.’. In comparison to other songs on the album it is very slow, yet it is still at a danceable speed and has a very nice atmosphere indeed. However, the song ‘My Response to an Article in Alternative Press’ sums up what is good and bad about the album better than any other song here. It alternates between bouncy ska with the occasional blasting trumpet, which works exceedingly well; and the punk which is much too fast and lets it down.

So overall, while Bomb the Music Industry! have changed quite considerably, the change from their fast punk and ska isn’t what you have to worry about – it’s when they decide to stay with the fast punk and ska that you need to worry! If you liked the acoustic songs on their other albums then you’ll probably like this but if you preferred their punk songs then you may find yourself a tad disappointed here. However, the album is good, and at times-great; but it is let down by fast and furious songs that move too fast to hit the target. They are crazy just for the sake of it. Never mind, there are pills that they can take to control the craziness… there are also pills we can take to enjoy the craziness a little more.



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tom79
July 12th 2007



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The only btmi album I don't have yet, but I'll probably get it soon. Their other two are great and they have a new one coming up. Free too. Nice review.

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craigy2
July 12th 2007



551 Comments


Thanks! I don't think that the new one is free though. I'm pretty sure it's going to be put out by Asian Man Records not Quote Unquote records. I'll probably get it even if I have to pay for it anyways though. Thanks again!

team7disorder
July 13th 2007



40 Comments


nice review. i really enjoy this cd. its crazy fun.

tom79
July 13th 2007



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just got this, great like the rest so far.

crossxouteyes
August 15th 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is great, along with every other release by BTMI! the new album "get warmer" that came out a few weeks ago is for free online, but will also be released on cd and vinyl for those who would like to purchase them. this is good because i like the actual cd of music which is probably better quality than mp3 format from online, and it has album art

Two-Headed Boy
August 29th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Even Winning Feels Bad" and "Grudge Report" are top-notch songs.

Joeeddstealschickens
August 20th 2008



110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ive got 'Even Winning Feels Bad' and 'Side Proects Are Never Sucessful' on constant play at the moment, they are such awesome songs from an excellent album.

PanasonicYouth
April 22nd 2009



7411 Comments


This album is freaking unbelievable. It's tied for best BtMI! album evar with AMB.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 22nd 2009



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

AMB is better!

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PanasonicYouth
April 22nd 2009



7411 Comments


AMB doesn't have King of Minneapolis on it. So by default, GCW has the upper hand.

hoipolloi
April 10th 2010



152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is awesome and this band amazing. anything free is great haha and its awesome that these guys are giving away their music for free, thats a surefire way to gain some fans and promote their music, which pretty much sells itself, they don't need some corporate whore to sell their music for them, which is just fantastic

EVedder27
August 8th 2010



6088 Comments


this album is so awesome

Satellite
September 8th 2010



20679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Truth.

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bungy
September 16th 2010



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're gonna sell BEER and they're gonna sell ICE CREAM

Satellite
September 16th 2010



20679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And we'll DRINK DRINK DRINK and get DRUNK DRUNK DRUNK

PanasonicYouth
September 16th 2010



7411 Comments


MY GOD I WOKE UP ON THE FLOOR GOODAAAAAAAMMIT

Ire
September 16th 2010



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5











bungy
September 16th 2010



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where are your letters?

Ire
September 16th 2010



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In ur mailbox go hurry!!!

bungy
September 16th 2010



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0





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