Screeching Weasel
First World Manifesto


4.0
excellent

Review

by PostModernJellyfish USER (2 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2011 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ben Weasel still hates everyone

Over the last twenty-five or so years, Screeching Weasel have been widely regarded as one of the best pop-punk bands ever. Shelling out album after album of catchy, contempt-filled, pop punk anthems is simply what the boys in the Weasel crew do best. Needless to say, First World Manifesto does not break from tradition.

After suffering a line-up change and several legal disputes, Screeching Weasel fans and Ben Weasel himself find that John Jughead is no longer apart of the band. However, it has been reported that Jughead never really contributed to the writing process and is thankfully replaced by another Weasel regular, Dan Vapid.

Upon the first listen of First World Manifesto, you may find some similarities between this album earlier works like My Brain Hurts or Television City Dream. However, the first thing you may begin to notice right off the bat is the production quality; it's kickass. This significantly better production is usually an uncommon occurrence for a band such as Screeching Weasel. They’ve always swayed toward the more raw side of punk music. However, the songs are still the same: fast, melodic, and concise. The signature back-up vocals are still there and they even bring back some of the pianos and organ that you heard in My Brain Hurts.

The 90's skate anthem, "Totem Pole" really hearkens back to the early days of BoogadaBoogadaBoogada. The palm mutes and background "Aahs" are so incredible. There are moments in the song where everything just goes well together. The signature Weasel simplicity in the guitars and the background "Oohs". And the solo that follows is so incredibly catchy.

As far as lyrics are concerned, Ben Weasel still hates everyone, specifically his own scene. For most of the album he concentrates on belittling the hoards of punk posers and hipsters who leach of his beloved punk scene. "Little Big Man" is two minutes and forty something seconds of Weasel telling people that he is going to believe whatever he wants and basically tells all his critics to take a long walk off a short pier.
Brief moments of comedy to seep out, "Don't you Dare call me a clown or I'll have my lawyer shut your website down" will make anyone laugh; moreso because the background bass riff makes the lyrics, in a strange way, a whole lot funnier.

Admittedly, it does get rather old when Ben, song after song, spews bile all over his main scene. But if you are looking for some sort of intellectual stimulation from Screeching Weasel and First World Manifesto, expect little to none. Conversely, if there are loads of catchy riffs, pop-punk anthems dashed with bits of comedy, and punk nostalgia on your mind, pick up a copy of First World Manifesto as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed.


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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


8946 Comments


split up your paragraphs

you might want to be a bit more descriptive too

oh and go here to request your other review get deleted since you put the information in wrong http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585823

PostModernJellyfish
March 23rd 2011


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Man. Really needed that last bit haha

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


8946 Comments


review's not bad for a first but it reads as very formulaic in places and perhaps could be a bit more descriptive

I'll pos on the premise that it's your first and I'm sure you'll improve, just read more reviews and develop a style of your own

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


28825 Comments


i was gonna make a list about this a few days ago but decided to make one about deathcore

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


17231 Comments


too bad all of the band except for ben just quit today because he beat up that chick.

PostModernJellyfish
March 23rd 2011


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, I did think that was kinda lame, too. I mean he definitely should've been confronted for it, but no need to dump the whole project.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


17231 Comments


i heard that ben just rants for hours on end during their sets now and they've been pissed at him for a while

PostModernJellyfish
March 24th 2011


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow. Really? Well I can kinda see how that could be annoying. I'd throw out the idea of counseling for Ben, but it's more than likely that he will reject any kind of help.



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