The Sidekicks
Awkward Breeds


4.5
superb

Review

by bungy USER (11 Reviews)
February 17th, 2012 | 53 replies | 7,528 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the new sidekicks album is cool!

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

After The Sidekicks opened for Bomb the Music Industry last summer, I stepped outside for a moment because the basement was ***ing hot. After a few seconds I realized that their frontman was standing next to me. I deeply enjoyed their set and I even told him as much. He sort of smiled and said something like “cool” or “thanks” and kind of stepped away. That is all that went down and it was immensely awkward, but the important part of this was that I then recognized that this guy was just like me. Maybe for some people that thought would bring the music down to a lower level of uninspired amateurism, but hopefully it just increases the positive impact of the at least seemingly heartfelt music. The Sidekicks are one of those “punk” bands, I suppose. Their association with them is probably permanent, but to simply just cover them with that label would be tragic. Awkward Breeds is a record like…for folks who like music made by musicians with drums and guitars and human voices and stuff. One of those records thinly disguised as a potentially bland pop-punk/rock album most likely until a very poignant moment on the album, which plays on the fifth track. In “1940’s Fighter Jet” the guitars get quiet and you realize that vocalist Steve Ciolek has something important to say and his crooning is getting all emo and the lines are catchy and then the song builds into a climax and two minutes and 47 seconds after the song starts you are ***ing irate, not just because it’s over, but because they didn’t flesh the song out a little more. I wanted my emotions milked for all they’re worth! Anyway, now they have your attention and eventually you come to the brilliant album closer “Daisy” and if you aren’t soulless, mentally defective, or Sputnikmusic user “sumyunguy” you will hit “repeat” and find that there isn’t a weak track to be found.

The songs could be about holding kittens underwater for all I care just keep the almost jangly guitars and contagious melodies coming. This stuff is perfect for staring out into the rain on a train, and it’s perfect for a family reunion, and it’s perfect for anything especially singing along, excuse me, “FREE LIKE THE SHOULDERS IN YOUR CLOTHES, FREE LIKE THE BIBLE YOU JUST STOLE! FREE LIKE THE HAND THAT YOU GRAB HOLD AND LET GO, LET GOOOOOO” When Mr. Ciolek really belts it he can sound like Rivers Cuomo. In fact, if you listen to “The Whale and Jonah” you will agree that it has to be a Pinkerton B-side Weezer saved for later because Pinkerton was already awesome and they knew they’d write Raditude and needed at least a good song, but then The Sidekicks snuck into their house and pointed and were like “look” and Weezer looked and The Sidekicks snatched it really fast and Weezer looked back and said “what?” and The Sidekicks were like “oh I thought I saw something” and left with it and made hundreds.

The band is still pushing away from their punk roots and have settled into a sweet spot with these last two full lengths, into a style that isn’t particularly different, but almost impossible to describe or compare. Awkward Breeds is an immediately accessible listen that will then get better with each repeated listen. It’s power pop, it’s alternative punk, it’s whatever, go buy it you weirdos.



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bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry you still know nothing about the album

and sorry for the second paragraph

Satellite
February 17th 2012



20679 Comments


lol

Digging: Dikembe - Mediumship

Spare
February 17th 2012



5252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh fuck yeah this leaked

Digging: Radiator Hospital - Torch Song

Blackbelt54
February 17th 2012



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay a bungy review also I need to get this

bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's streaming somewhere

Hep Kat
February 17th 2012



15007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

please review more like for example the other side of darkness

Digging: Sir Michael Rocks - Banco

Hep Kat
February 17th 2012



15007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok, well, i don't like this as much as you do. the middle of the album is prolly the best part. i like "diamond eyes" and "the whale and jonah" the best i think. i'm going to 3 this for now with the strong possibility of 3.5'ing after a few more listens

also i'm convinced enough to eventually check out the rest of their stuff. would you say this is their best album?

FelixCulpa
February 17th 2012



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review bungy. They sound good. Btw you can stream the 6 of the 11 track at their punknews profile http://www.punknews.org/bands/thesidekicks

bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dudes

Yeah Hep the middle is the best and I would say this is their best.

wabbit
February 17th 2012



6978 Comments


God this is a great review. i read like almost all of it...but that's probably because I'm at work hiding on the toilet...anyways ill get this cause i like punk music and pinkerton

bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg almost the entire thing??

Thanks

pmmets07
February 17th 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i really need to hear this

sixthgoldenticket
February 17th 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the sam ep is my favorite release of theirs but this is their best album yeah

jlech
February 17th 2012



122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll need to give this a second spin, as I was left satisfied but not thoroughly impressed after one listen.

bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You HAVE to listen more than once I thought I made that clear

pmmets07
February 17th 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yo can anyone tell me where to get this besides the punknews stream? i preordered but it hasnt come yet and my mediafire download stops with like .2% to go

bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is probably a 4.2-4.3

bungy
February 17th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I used spotify pmmets

BigHans
February 17th 2012



26455 Comments


do these guys sound like Latterman at all

pmmets07
February 17th 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok cool i have that. also, this kind of shit happens to me at every show. i've had maybe one or two
successful convos with dudes in bands.

"After a few seconds I realized that their frontman was standing next to me. I deeply enjoyed their
set and I even told him as much. He sort of smiled and said something like “cool” or “thanks” and kind
of stepped away. That is all that went down and it was immensely awkward"

the wacky reviews work well for you bungy. i would not be able to pull one off, but please continue
with them.



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