Roger Miret and the Disasters
1984


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rudd13 USER (61 Reviews)
January 25th, 2006 | 4 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Father walks into sonís room

-Timothy? Timothy, listen, Iím leaving on another business trip tomorrowÖagain. While Iím gone Iím going to need you toÖ. What is that racket? Will you please turn off that crap while Iím talking to you?!

*Dad, calm down. A little Roger Miret never hurt anybody. (hmmm, actuallyÖ)

-Anyways, your mother and IÖ What in the name of molly is that man saying???

*Timothy gladly turns it back up:

Don't give a shit what you say
Ain't listen to your lies
My pride ain't up for sale
So knock on some others life
You think 'cause you dress the same
It's gonna buy into our kind

These boots are made for stomping
And they'll stomp all over you! fuck you!

Fuck you, I hate you
Fuck off! fuck you!

Fuck you, I hate you
Fuck off! Fuck you!!!


-Timothy David Jameson!!!

*(Smiling as if all was planned) Eh?

- Tim, I donít exactly approve of this racket at allÖ But at least those lyrics make you feel right at home.

Have a nice weekend, son.

:) Little Timmyís got the right idea.

Agnostic Front was huge. Thereís no denying that. It was the frontline and the gravitational flow for any other ďhardcore" band in the 80ís, and early 90ís. Stigma was the name of the ďracket" that proudly plagued all of Agnostic Frontís songs, and is considered one of the best guitarists in punk. While Stigma traced out the bandís concoction to make it to the such sweet big time, Miret was the ultimate secret weapon for any band trying to pencil in those traces. Roger Miret has the voice of abolition. It sounds like an angry stampede of all the great voices before him tossed in a blender and thrown out in a quite diabolical way. Hey, I tried. Not many can describe the manís talent. Upon the huge success of Agnostic Front, Miret came to be a legend in the genre, and uses of the then-famous ďOi" element got them noticed.

Things worsened for the band year after the year, with losses of band members and absence of creativity. When a luscious piece of meat rots, toss it out, and grab yourself a more fresh meat that is less seasoned. Years later, Roger took some meat and lured a band called The Disasters to his trap of evil. As lame as that may sound, itís how it went down, and one of the greatest, mind-set acts in punk goes by the name Roger Miret and the Disasters. 1984 happens to be the Disasterís second album, the first being a bit weak. Their backdrop being set in New York, except the same house rules as those of Agnostic Frontís but with a lot of it settled towards more harmonic entrances, and layouts.

Their first self titled record turned heads, and made a great entrance but this would have just taken the cake. 1984 is epic. The first three tracks being pure ďMiret-approved" gold, the record holds up extremely well, and involves no sequences that will bore in a row. Influences of Sham 69, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Clash are evident throughout the album. Apart from the band chanting some of punkís classic lines throughout the album, tremendous rhythmic material shape out the tracks spectacularly (Fingers). The chants leading up to high points in composition have the energy of saints (Sham). Slower-paced material reflects an awful lot on slurred speech and tempos and sublime musical horizons to satisfy fans of albums like Sandinista! and London Calling. Influences are a big part of what any musician plays.

Lyrics are mainly set on anything else Miret has ever put out. Non-stop, addictive, never-ending fun (destroying property, causing riots, badmouthing politicians). The excellent quakes of sound on these tracks reflects perfectly on what Miret attempts to lay out straight at the listener. Talking about causing mass hysteria on the streets of New York? Eh, toss out a wail off guitarist Rhys Killís weapon and send out some threatening thumps out of that rhythmic section. Leave Miret to the rest. Topics really do range on sensitivity, and harshness. Sensitivity. Something Miret wasnít exactly used to. These range from the slow-paced flashback of Rogerís roots (New York City), to the ďheartwarming" lyrics of ďI Donít Like You", as can be seen spewing out of Timmyís speakers at the top. It goes to show that Miret can make something so repetitive and to-the-point so interesting. Itís on the Stand Out list for a reason, fellas.

Oi Oi Oi! The men standing behind Miret make good use of their picks and sticks as well. The clichť chants become a bit overloaded throughout some of the album, but as small a matter as that is, it deserves to be pointed out. Rhys Kill is the man behind the guitar as Miret plays some chords to accompany Killís arsenal of sounds, which are occasionally spewed out also, at high points. It can become quite amazing to listen to Killís technique and timing. Brian Dartwas and Luke Rotas are on bass and drums. As I said, the guys run of influences from some of punks greatest rhythmic sections. The Stiff Little Fingerís power runs through Brian and Lukeís fingertips as they throw out some great lines out here occasionally. The opener on here is a great example of this, and teamwork is surely evident.

The Disasters corner the genre at a frontier that I have barely seen anywhere else. A listen is very appreciated here. Many will be misled on the amount of thumbs-up Miretís vocals are getting. Itís a fifty-fifty chance youíll enjoy it. Most people, especially those not used to the genre at all, may find the vocals truly pointless and bothersome. He created something very different and very close to perfect this time. 1984 is an anthem. To punk rock, to the sounds before Miret, and to the listeners that brought him to be. The man will continue to be a legend in my book. Potential flows, and though not enough to get a lot of time on todayís overrated networks, it gets plenty of credit. No overplays. So until then, rock on, little Timmy, rock on.


Roger Miret and the Disasters-
Roger Miret- Vocals, Guitar
Rhys Kill- Guitar, Vocals
Brian Dartwas- Bass, Vocals
Luke Rota- Drums

Stand Out Tracks:
Loud And Proud
Riot, Riot, Riot
1984
Street Rock N Roll
I Donít Like You

Excellent.

4/5



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Zebra
Moderator
January 25th 2006


2647 Comments


Solid, detailed review. I'm not a fan of the opening although I do admit you did get your point across.
This sounds good, I'm assuming that this band is similar to the Circle Jerks which is a good thing.

Rudd13
January 25th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let 'er rip, Zebra. Take a listen. If you like the Circle Jerks, you might feel at home with a large portion of the album. If you've never heard Miret's vocals before (Agnostic Front), then you'll have to get used to it a little bit.

Pizza
January 25th 2006


687 Comments


i love agnostic front. i have to get this as soon as i can. great review, i liked the intro

Zebra
Moderator
January 27th 2006


2647 Comments


I just gave this a listen and I'm fairly impressed.
The music is pretty hardcore yet it still is melodic. A lot of the choruses are sing a long, which is too be expected. I enjoy almost every song but the big problem is that a lot of them sound quite similar.



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