Off With Their Heads
Hospitals


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
January 30th, 2011 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Teeth grinding, whiskey soaked punk rock.

With an ever changing lineup, Off With Their Heads always seems to have something fresh to offer with each release. With most of it’s core members committed to other projects as well as OWTH, the lineup has changed with every release. If you’ve never listened to OWTH you’re in for a treat this time around. Hospitals is their first official release despite being only an EP. It’s fifteen minutes packed full of energetic, gritty vocals and dirty basslines. Some of the songs border on melodic hardcore rather than the punk they are labeled as. From beginning to end it’s something you can listen to twenty times, forget about and then bring up again one night when you’re drunk with your buddies climbing on your roof.

The album opener “Die Today” is the EP’s finest track. What’s better than a song about wanting to skip work because the sun is shining and you’ve spent all your money on coke and can’t pay the rent? Answer = nothing. The rest of the songs between this and the closer are equal in tempo and just about equal in quality. The fifth track is about 21 seconds long and is reminiscent of the Circle Jerks. As previously mentioned the vocals for the lead singer are very gritty, it’s almost as if he’s swallowed some dirt and nails; he should get that checked out. The bass is also noticeable throughout the album but is spotty in some parts. The last song “Jackie Lee” brings a whole new feel to the album. It immediately kicks off more as a folk punk song, with an irish tinge to it, almost making it sound like a Dropkick Murphys b-side if Al Barr had a really gritty voice. Lyrics make this song, giving way for meaning for the album title. It might be a short release but it’s a seminal one for OWTH. The band would release two full length albums and a couple more EP’s to follow that would pave the way with intensity.



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Blindsided
January 30th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Knocking off the rust, haven't reviewed in 4 months.
Be kind or not w/e.

mallen-
January 30th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

summary had my drooling, gonna get this

Blindsided
January 30th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally up your alley man.


kitsch
January 30th 2011


5107 Comments


how much does this sound like the lawrence arms?

because that will determine if i will get this

(i dont like the lawrence arms)

cvlts
January 30th 2011


8977 Comments


not as annoying as TLA

sweet review bro

bungy
January 30th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really like these guys nice review

kanecooper
January 30th 2011


630 Comments


i dont like the lawrence arms but i like these guys

from the bottom is probably a little better than this though

Kiran
Emeritus
January 31st 2011


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid band, i think i've enjoyed just about everything they've released

Digging: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Satellite
January 31st 2011


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good short review. love this band.

DBlitz
January 31st 2011


1690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like this better than from the bottom

both are really solid though

Kris.
January 31st 2011


12429 Comments


from the bottom rules need to get this

Blindsided
January 31st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its half as short as from the bottom but I like it better, it seems more rough around the edges.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2013


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Minneapolis quartet Off With Their Heads deliver 16 minutes of energetic punk on their 8 track EP 'Hospitals'. Upbeat, ferocious & passionate, the band distinguish themselves with rather dark & depressing lyrics. Yet, the music is deceptively melodic & catchy, with the tremendous bass-lines & propulsive drumming impressing. Meanwhile, out front, the gruff - but always understandable - vocals of Ryan Young delivers a bunch of shout-along refrains that are sure to go down a treat live. It's brief & front-loaded, but 'Hospitals' is a promising introduction for these talented punk rockers. Recommended Tracks: Die Today, Theme Song & Your Child is Dead.



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