Dartagnan
Breadwinner


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
April 6th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "And by the way your fish sticks suck so fuck off."

Anticipation can make or break an album. As a friend once told me, “The best albums are the ones that you are not expecting.” This statement has held true in 2012, confirmed by the slew of disappointing releases from highly regarded artists. The good news, however, is that there will always be bands like Dartagnan, sporadically putting out 10-minute long punk EPs that make life suck a little less. Drawing influence from bands like Latterman and Iron Chic (“orgcore,” if you will), Breadwinner consists of six tracks of gruff, anthemic punk that have the ability to console and appease listeners when releases from the big guns fail to do so.

Though it may seem obvious, many pop punk bands fail to see the importance of well-constructed vocal melodies. Luckily, Dartagnan is not one of them. Every song on the album has something for your ears to latch onto, as Matt Sibol and Will Hartlove tell of past memories, sentimentally significant places, and their struggle to stay focused on the present. Most tracks on the EP begin with brief guitar riffs then become hearty sing-alongs that don’t let up until their final seconds – a simple, yet effective formula.

“Way She Goes Boys,” strays from the path a bit, beginning instead with a clean vocal approach and then continuing on to be the stand out of the album. Lyrics from the track, such as, “Like the night you threw me to the dogs, I’ll find my own way home,” make it even more memorable. If Dartagnan could flesh out every track to be as poised as this particular one then they would be a punk force to be reckoned with - but for now, what they are doing for the majority of Breadwinner is perfectly fine.

“Uncle Dick vs. Gucci Mane,” (burr!) is another highlight of the EP that screams “basement sing-along.” After all, the EP would not be complete without a punx-life anthem that shouts: “Here’s to the cold nights and getting high, and the long way back/Let’s watch the sunset on the tracks one more time, one more time/Give me luck, a couch to lay by, and a spot to park the van/Give me real reasons to ***ing slow down time.” Sure, maybe all of this seems familiar, but Dartagnan’s execution is simply so loveable and authentic that Breadwinner gets a “Get Out of Jail Free” card this time around. While there is no doubt that a continuation of the band’s current sound would make for another solid record, the real question is whether or not Dartagnan will strive to do just a bit more, and release a pop punk classic in the future.



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ThroneOfAgony
April 6th 2012


3485 Comments


album cover reminds me of 2562-fever

pmmets07
April 6th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol well this doesn't sound like it at all.

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ThroneOfAgony
April 6th 2012


3485 Comments


awesome, and nice review too. pos

pmmets07
April 6th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

appreciate it mayne

Blackbelt54
April 6th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review I love this album

Hep Kat
April 6th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yea pos this is one of my favorite pop punk albums of the last 5 years. just wish it was longer

pmmets07
April 6th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeh got this from one of your lists hep. had it at 3.5 but had to bump it up considering how often i listen to it. thanks for posz

Hep Kat
April 6th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah my pop punk band snooki fuckers is playing a show with the niggas in may come out if you can

botb
April 7th 2012


9760 Comments


i need this.

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pmmets07
April 7th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

free download dawg

http://dartagnanbaltimore.bandcamp.com/album/breadwinner

SnipeCity
May 9th 2012


158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Album is a blast.

Cygnatti
December 11th 2012


21893 Comments


does this band go perry? :3

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pmmets07
December 11th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love this band more now that i actually watch trailer park boys

Hep Kat
December 11th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album roolz

pmmets07
December 11th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haven't jammed this in a minute

the fact that this came out this year made me realize 2012 was a long ass year

Hep Kat
December 11th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same length as 3/4 years

Blackbelt54
December 11th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

1/4 i thought

Hep Kat
December 11th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i meant 3 out of 4

im high

Hep Kat
December 11th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh wait this was a leap year

im like really really high

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 29th 2013


5269 Comments


haha hep that fuckin' avatar

this rules by the way

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