No Use for a Name
Hard Rock Bottom


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
August 1st, 2012 | 23 replies | 1,751 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's never easy to understand why memories hold our hand but people let go.

The year was 2002. While we were at war with Afghanistan and the US department of Justice was investigating Enron I was just a sophomore in High Schools and "Hard Rock Bottom" was blaring through my speakers all summer long. It's hard to remember that far back, it really is. All I know is bands like NUFAN, The Ataris, Blink-182 and the Starting Line helped shape some of the best years of my life.

The album starts off great with "Feels Like Home", a minute-long ballad of sorts. This song contains some of the albums best lyrics as Tony Sly states "It's never easy to understand why memories hold our hand but people let go." Honestly I can't think of a better way to start the album. This is followed by the up-beat songs "International You Day" and Dumb Reminders." Luckily the band is able to keep the momentum going throughout the album and ends with "Nailed Shut", a catchy as hell tune and an excellent way to close the album.

Many pop-punk bands are plagued with having all their songs sound the same. Although "Hard rock Bottom does have some similar song structures the band throws some curve balls with songs like "This is a Rebel Song" which sounds like something that could have been written by The Dropkick Murphy's or Flogging Molly. "Pre-Medicated Murder" also stands out as different as it begins with a violin before exploding into another fast paced song.

I could go on and on about each song but I think I've said enough. Hard Rock Bottom is catchy, consistent, and has enough variety to increase the longevity of the album. While the lyrics aren't amazing they are definitely better than your average pop punk band. Although this album is very nostalgic for me I still think it's a great collection of songs today. If you are a fan of NUFAN or Tony Sly's solo material and you haven't heard this I highly recommend picking this up. You won't regret it.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2012



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

R.I.P. Tony Sly

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2012



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first review. Had to re-write the whole damn thing because by the time I submitted it I was logged out. Constructive Criticism welcome but go easy on me

Spec
August 1st 2012



27102 Comments


RIP

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Spare
August 1st 2012



5270 Comments


): rip bro

auberginedreams
August 1st 2012



6028 Comments


Such a shame… because Johan was such a wonderful name.

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 1st 2012



4854 Comments


I remember this band.

Willie
Moderator
August 1st 2012



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

WTF happened to Tony Sly?

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2012



49955 Comments


He died, don't know how yet

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2012



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure yet but he was only 41

Willie
Moderator
August 1st 2012



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Son of a bitch. These guys used to be my favorite punk band.

Zion
August 2nd 2012



812 Comments


I've always had a hard on for this band. I love soft bottom and making love. But really, I do like this band. One of the first in the genre I'd ever heard when my brother introduced me to them.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Any feedback? This is my first review so looking for some criticism

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Come on people! I'd rather have bad feedback than no feedback.....

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still waiting....... ;)

NightmareCinema16
September 5th 2013



2016 Comments


First review, huh? Only about a month before my first one came in.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2013



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yup haha. Hard to believe I only wrote this about a year ago. Hopefully I've improved since this one... it's pretty lame lol

Ecnalzen
September 5th 2013



6484 Comments


I remember this band. I think I owned this album at some point.

NightmareCinema16
September 5th 2013



2016 Comments


My first review was good, for a tbt review. It was for Yes' Close to the Edge. However, I've gone beyond that.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2013



19606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're pretty damn catchy and the vocalist reminds me of the ataris which is a plus for me.

how you been ecnal? haven't talked to you in a bit

Ecnalzen
September 5th 2013



6484 Comments


It has been a bit, Atari. I am alright, but still in my dry spell and haven't written in a while. You?



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