Wipers
Is This Real?


3.0
good

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2007 | 66 replies | 9,253 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Debut album with potential but fails to stand up on it's own.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Wipers were different from punk bands of the time, they were dark and had their own unique sound. Greg's guitar didn't blast out distortion from all levels, he contained it and thus recordings sounded more like a DIY demo that a band full of teenagers would put out. However this is higher quality than what a bunch of brainless teens could put out. The mix of the album is simple and this is the sound that inspired so many punk bands out there today (including Nirvana, you can hear the Wipers influence straight through them).

The Wipers were total outcasts, they enjoyed playing fast punk but also realised that a pop song was just as good. They realised that not every song needs to be fast, there had to be some slow songs in there to balance it out. Later on in their career they learned that songs don't need to be short but they could expand on each song and make something no one else was doing at the time. The band never had any major recognition but their influence is relevant today and could be considered the beginning of early 'grunge' music. Though they are not a 'grunge' band, their sound made a superb impression on Kurt and Krist from Nirvana and the members of Mudhoney.

If this is all too much then listen to the song “D-7” and prepare yourself for the first ‘grunge’ song made. “D-7” is also the highlight of the album Is This Real?, as soon as the song starts, the mood is eerie and dark until halfway through it turns frantic and helpless. Greg uses such passion in his singing and the guitar playing is totally unique for the time. The riff is simple but lays the ground for the entire composition and is a perfect piece for any beginning band that has any passion. For an album that's so hard-hitting, there also needs to be a hard-hitting opening song. "Return of the Rat" fills this void perfectly that again uses the simpliest of riffs. It's loud, catchy and just total fun. This album probably has the best first three tracks ever (okay, that‘s an exaggeration). Along with “Return of the Rat” is “Mystery”, a catchy fun pop song that’s easy for consumption and “Up Front” which knocks your teeth out with it’s melancholy chorus. For most of the album, everything is laid down so simple. It's an album to get into as soon as you throw it on, everything is laid down at a fast pace.

Sadly, this album is fun for the first while but soon after the songs become monotonous and identical. While the interesting parts hold up on their own, it becomes apparent they take the punk riff and rip it apart piece by piece. This album would be better if Greg Sage varied with his sound. The Wipers would do this later on but for their debut, they certainly kept a similar sound throughout. These collection of songs show potential and builds a foundation for a band that will go on and do so much more.



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Neoteric
September 22nd 2007



3243 Comments


Had this on my computer for ages.

I also realised why all the other Wipers reviews were so short, hard band to write about.

Aficionado
September 23rd 2007



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, I've always meant to check these cats out.

MrKite
September 23rd 2007



5020 Comments


I like what I know from these guys.
Good review too, not as good as usual but it's still good. ;)

Zebra
Moderator
September 23rd 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

While this album is a solid offering I much prefer Youth of America.

YDload
October 15th 2007



1207 Comments


I've been listening to this album a lot recently. I love it! And you're right about D-7 being the obvious highlight but I'm also a big fan of Wait A Minute and Don't Know What I Am

Roach
October 27th 2009



2149 Comments


This is the weakest of their three 'big' albums but it still rules. Short, catchy and credible punk rock.

Maniac!
October 15th 2011



26187 Comments


So good.

porch
October 15th 2011



8390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

get youth of america and over the edge next. pretty big change in sound but they're just as good

Blackbelt54
January 9th 2012



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just got the first 3 albums of this band and these guys rule

porch
January 15th 2012



8390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed

Tyrael
January 15th 2012



20395 Comments


man this rules

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

Spec
April 5th 2012



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stands up very well on it's own.

ApplicationToHeaven
July 20th 2012



1550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that riff in window shop for love is fantastic

731
November 12th 2012



662 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

gonna leave this region
they'll take me with themmm

ShadowRemains
September 1st 2013



19440 Comments


lol neoteric reviews

DrHouseSchuldiner
September 1st 2013



5605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh damn

InfamousGrouse
September 1st 2013



2879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top jams on this record

Dunwich
September 1st 2013



395 Comments


From start to finish.


porch
September 1st 2013



8390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love this but there's a couple of nondescript songs that keep it maybe a notch below over the edge and yoa if ya feel me

tommygun
September 1st 2013



21345 Comments


yoa rocks gotta jam this



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