An Albatross
We Are The Lazer Viking


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
May 1st, 2005 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


The Philedelphia group, An Albatross, released "We Are The Lazer Viking", an 11 track album/EP in 2003. An odd group, there aren't too many bands out there who sound like An Albatross. Couple that with having one of the greatest band names of the last 20 years and you have a truly unique band.

An Albatross:

Ed Gleda - Vocals, Harmonica, Tambourine
Jake Lisowski - Guitar, Synth
Jay Hudak - Bass
Jeremy Gewertz - Drums, Percussion

A band that is equal parts Mario music, Refused and Naked City is a hard one to classify. The best possible classification for An Albatross is Noise Rock, fitting in with bands like Lightning Bolt and Locust. They have also been described as "spazz core", an extremely fitting label. "We Are The Lazer Viking" isn't always the easiest album to listen to, clocking in at just 8 minutes, "We Are The Lazer Viking" sounds like Pacman, on steriods, kicking the crap out of the local neighborhood cat. Not the most accessible album, or the conventional, "We Are The Lazer Viking" is enjoyable nonetheless. What makes this album so good is that it is so danceable and has so much groove. Despite Ed Gleda screaming his head off for all 11 tracks and the guitars and drums making as much unsavoury noise as possible, these tunes are extremely easy to shake your hips to. Each song consists of Grind style blasts of noise, mixed with keyboards that sound like they are from old video games, with Ed screaming nonsensical lyrics all the way through (if there is anything insightful, An Albatross aren't making it easy to decipher).

For an album of 8 minutes and 18 seconds, An Albatross do an admirable job of making music that is catchy, fun and silly and the same time as being insane. This album is not one for everyone, but those who do give it a shot and enjoy it are in for a wonderfully fun time. A delightfully wierd, crazy, fun and all out stupid (and that's a good thing!) record. Highly reccomended for those who want something fun and silly as well as extremely crazy.

Pros

- So much fun
- Complete insanity!
- For an album that is 8 minutes long, it makes the most of every second

Cons

- It's only 8 minutes long
- Some may find it much too silly

Reccomended Tracks

I Am The Lazer Viking
The Revolutionary Politics of Dance
The Vitally Important Pelvic Thrust

Downloads

[URL=http://www.analbatross.com/AnAlbatross-RevolutionaryPoliticsOfDance.mp3]The Revolutionary Politics of Dance (mp3)[/URL]
[URL=http://www.analbatross.com/AnAlbatross-Wrgggggggryyyyyyyyy.mp3]Wrgggggggryyyyyyyyy!!!(mp3)[/URL]
[URL=http://www.analbatross.com/rev_pol.wmv]The Revolutionary Politics of Dance (wmv video)[/URL]
[URL=http://www.analbatross.com/rev_pol.mov]The Revolutionary Politics of Dance (quicktime video)[/URL]

FINAL RATING: 3.5/5



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Happymeal
May 1st 2005


330 Comments


Haha, they are awesome. Along with HORSE the Band in being the most hilarious bands worth more than being a novelty.

Dancin' Man
May 1st 2005


719 Comments


Awesome. I should do another of their albums. I have 3 of them I think. Very cool band. A little rediculous though. is this the album with dog sounds?

Dancin' Man
May 1st 2005


719 Comments


I met a guy who used to be in a band with the singer. For the guys band the singer was the drummer. They never released anything though

Dancin' Man
May 1st 2005


719 Comments


Also might I add people who like this may also want to check out Melt Banana. More of the noise but also quite rediculous.

cbmartinez
May 1st 2005


2525 Comments


Holy s[i][/i]hit, awesome review br3ad, I didn't know you were into them. I get to see them play at a church in July!

BuddyBigsby
May 1st 2005


531 Comments


An Albatross are sweet.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 1st 2005


2125 Comments


At a church? That's awesome!!!! I wish they would come to my church!

Can I get some reccomendations for similar bands? I'm not very experienced with "sillycore".

I was going to reccomend a Lightning Bolt album as a similar band, but no one has reviewed one. Guess I might do that today.

Dancin' Man
May 1st 2005


719 Comments


Melt Banana. Also try Carnival in Coal. They are more centered around death metal meets carnival music as opposed to hardcore meets videogame music but it's fun stuff. Songs like Yes! We Have No Bananas are great.

cbmartinez
May 1st 2005


2525 Comments


The Locust and Polysics are similar.

Dancin' Man
May 1st 2005


719 Comments


I like An Albatross much better than The Locust. The Locust bore me. Too much attack gets old.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
May 2nd 2005


3995 Comments


Genghis Tron is better. Much much better. Also, breadman you are lame for a Top15. Especially that old Brand New review. I will never forgive you for it.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 3rd 2005


2125 Comments


Get over it.

pixiesfanyo
May 3rd 2005


1223 Comments


I think that these guys are awesome.

NEDM
May 3rd 2005


1113 Comments


hey man, nice review but how do you change the fonts and text size and boldness of the writing. i feel it would add a lot more to my reviews

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 4th 2005


2125 Comments


well, to change size, use this tag, minus the '.' and choose what size

[.size=6]hey man[/size]

and it should come out like this

hey man


Bold is a little easier. It's just like this:

[.b]hey man[/b]

like so:

hey man

NEDM
June 24th 2005


1113 Comments


thanks bread_man

Rockafella
April 16th 2006


88 Comments


Oh man do I love this album.

calgone
May 13th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album.

embroglio
May 13th 2006


219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

An Albatross to me is feelgood music, they fit right in with Mac Dre in my book.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kinda music that you know sucks but is too much fun to listen to too care.



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