House Boat
The Delaware Octopus


4.5
superb

Review

by bungy USER (11 Reviews)
April 15th, 2011 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We're not young at heart, we're just too dumb to know any better

Just admit it. When your friends leave, you turn off the last.fm scrobbler and listen to a potpourri of pop-punk tracks that give you that hopeful nostalgic feeling. You know all the words to “In Too Deep”, “All the Small Things”, “Ocean Avenue” (blurgh), and “Cute Without the E” and you still play them on the daily. You aren’t a complete tool though, you summoned enough courage to throw your Simple Plan and Good Charlotte tunes in the trash. By now you’ve noticed that the popular pop-punk scene has changed a bit over the last ten years. Now it’s really gay. They sing with high pretty voices over perfect production and almost none of them even have beards. Not only that but I’m positive that it is a generally unhealthy practice. Please refer to “I Feel Like Dancin’” by All Time Low or anything related to Forever the Sickest Kids to see what can happen. If I told you that a pop-punk supergroup formed, so powerful that it would realign the stars, you would probably wonder why Max Bemis hasn’t realized that that one guy from Saves the Day (I’m not doing any of this “research” bull***) is an unbearable prick. That is the WRONG train of thought. You haven’t even met that one guy from Saves the Day, he might be really nice AND neither of them were even invited to try out. But you don’t want to be embarrassed with your pop-punk diet, and you sure as hell don’t want your girlfriend’s annoying friend to be able to sing along. You want pop-punk that is ***ING RAD. Well here you go. If you thought: “Mikey Erg must be on to his 87th new project” then you are exactly ***ing right.

This supergroup, like legendary supergroups past, such as Temple of the Dog and Oysterhead, and not like Them Crooked Vultures and A Perfect Circle is assembled from the best of the best of their genre. A representative from pop-punk acts including The Ergs! (Mikey), Dear Landlord/Off With Their Heads (Zach) and a couple dudes from The Steinways (Grath and Ace) bring in a stocked team to match the Miami Heat. Except unlike the Heat, House Boat are likeable, and mesh their talents perfectly with a leader whose songwriting influence is really obviously pushed to the front and no it isn’t Mikey Erg. Grath and The Steinways perfected the House Boat formula in 2006 with Missed the Boat and at first The Delaware Octopus sounds like the best Steinways album you’ve ever heard as Grath carries almost all vocal duties.

But why is it good? Answer: Grath’s voice = sex appeal. Why else is it good? There is no waste. It is 100% catchy punk, which creates a blackhole that, sucks up all pretentiousness and each use of well-executed gang vocals kills a Dream Theater fanboy. A verse or chorus is rarely repeated. There isn’t a verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus x4 pattern ever and I’m still surprised at how great that makes this stuff. Throw this on top of the fact that there are literally no weak tracks, and that the album is only 20 minutes long and be prepared for mass House Boat listenings. What I mean is that this will never get old. The songs are a breeze to listen to, and “My Life Hurts” is so stuffed with pop-punk delight that it’s almost (*GASP) three minutes long. The lyrical content doesn’t stray far from complaints about how much life sucks and girls, but unlike Reel Big Fish you won’t ever cringe at the lack of creativity and the songs are uncomfortably relatable.

I’m not doing a conclusion paragraph I am tired. House Boat > Yellowcard



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bungy
April 15th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'll make this suck less tomorrow maybe. I hate reviewing because I don't know anything about music, house boat deserves it though

cvlts
April 15th 2011


8975 Comments


House Boat > Yellowcard

oh yeah?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


28772 Comments


holy shit if you people turn off your scrobbler for "All the Small Things” and “Cute Without the E,”
you don't wanna know what I turn off my scrobbler for

bungy
April 15th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I definitely don't

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


28772 Comments


holy shit part 2: this review was really good

actually going to download the album

sounds like the kinda shit hep would rec

bungy
April 15th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dooooo it. Thanks

bungy
April 15th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol andcas why am I an asshole

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2011


23964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

awesome review hahaha some really really funny parts. this was my favourite:

They sing with high pretty voices over perfect production and almost none of them even have beards


hahahahah yesssss

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

gabethepiratesquid
April 15th 2011


4521 Comments


It's good.

But is it latest Sum 41 good?

wabbit
April 15th 2011


7020 Comments


SWAG review good sir. I posed (and I never pos)

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


17224 Comments


but i have met chris conley and he is a scholar and a gentleman. also this was the best thing ive read
on here in a long time. write more plz

Satellite
April 15th 2011


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i once saw chris conley come fucking unglued after some "fat bitch" (his words) spilled a few drops of beer on him. he is a douche and sucks live.

awesome review bungy. i love how much of an asshole you are here. when you edit it don't change a thing about the tone.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


17224 Comments


i had the total opposite experience. when i saw him he was taking crowd requests, talking and schmoozing the audience after and before his set, and was really good. maybe he was just having a shit day.

Satellite
April 15th 2011


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

or maybe he was just having a good day when you saw him.

sort of the shitty thing about being a quasi-celebrity is that assholes are gonna judge your character based on one single event and then espouse their stupid opinions on the internet.

Satellite
April 15th 2011


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

(note: i was referring to myself there!)

sniper
April 15th 2011


19080 Comments


this is a quality review bungy.

Tyrael
April 15th 2011


20945 Comments


This is crazy for being only a second review. Pos.

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Hep Kat
April 15th 2011


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

bungy



my man!

ConsiderPhlebas
April 15th 2011


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review is so good

Hep Kat
April 15th 2011


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

album is so gooood



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