The Dead 60s
The Dead 60s


4.0
excellent

Review

by Old Uncle Al USER (86 Reviews)
April 7th, 2006 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


It had been a long day. Starting with an hour long music class with my evil music teacher, and in the afternoon receiving about four assignments, each with critical acclaim (aka 90's) and getting countless large slaps on the back from my teachers. Walking out of my school a good ten minutes early in the rain and being kept outside for 15 minutes, I was soaked. I was not in a good mood. I was bruised and soaked. When I got home, I launched in a chair and watched "The New Music". Tonight, a ska-indie band called The Dead 60's. I was intrigued. Who were these mysterious strangers? What is this "ska-indie"? As the program progressed, I was mesmerised by their music, something unique and special. One more question popped in my head. "Where is the nearest cd store and how much is this?" The rest is history.

...

Yeah, so, uh, the actual review now.

The Dead 60's - The Dead 60's (2005)
The Players
:
Matt McManamon - Lead singer, guitar
Ben Gordon- Keys, guitar
Charlie Turner, Bass
Bryan Johnson, Drums

The sound of this album has the intensity and fury of The Clash, as well as the calm, hypnotic and serene environment of most Sublime. They capture the stylings of Franz Ferdinand and Interpol, and add a mix of reggae. The result? Indie-ska. Does it work? Hell, yeah. The songs themselves embody an influential artist combined with underground indie, and the result is nothing short of sensational.

The highlight is easily the first single (on the British version only, (otherwise available on maxisingle). Ghostfaced Killer has early Clash written all over it, and the band does a great salute to ol' Joe Strummer, as the influence is strong in this song, where the highlight isn't the vocals, the guitars or the bass, but rather keys that give this song a creepy twist. Espicially entertainig is the little interlude occupying the inbetween of chorus and verse. Both of which are fantastic and run together extremely smoothly. So. The verdict? My new favorite song. The second best song here is the smooth-sailing We Get Low, which has reggae influences and early punk mixed in. And the song itself is breathtaking as well, and it has chillability. The little elements of the song help build it, like the mini solos in the verse and the tremelo on the second guitar, and it's the big picture that is it's masterpiece. The chorus features simple lyrics, like "We get High, We Get Low", but the it's the vocals that make them enjoyable. Riding over the fantastic reggae influenced performance by the band, this one's a gem. Oh...Yeah!

Other songs embody these kinds of traits genre-wise, songs like Nowhere, with it's fierce sound and undeniable force, and Loaded Gun, with it's faster pace and hooks, as well as a great vocal performance, but let's take some time to identify the different kind of sounds on this album. The most prominent Indie influenced song is the opener, Riot Radio, with it's Franz Ferdinand-esque lick that is garunteed to get stuck in your head. But don't be fooled, this isn't a Franz Ferdinand influenced song. It may sound a tad like it, but it's a punk song at heart, as heard trhough the vocals. The most prominent part of the whole song is the breakdown, with it's fast paced chord strumming and descending second guitar, this song is formidible. Another song that demonstrates they're variety of genres is The Last Resort, which is more like a gloomy dance song. The exception is that it actually has meaning. Though it has groove-ability occupied in it's fierce, sharp and undeniable guitar riffs, and the fast paced bass pattern, this song also has the least dancey vocals possible. They're fierce, they're furious, hell they're great. Another highlight is the riff inbetween the chorus and verse. So, what else can be said? They can dominate the genres.

There are downright furious songs on here, also. The ending tune You're Not the Law echoes fury and power, something that was most heard on the Clash's first album. But minus the distortion and adding the keyboard riff that can crawl up your back and suprise you. The vocals are more reggae influenced than anything, but adds more fury and ferocity towards the police, I'm guessing. Still though, with as much fury as there is in this song, they sure make it elegent. They sound great, and even refrain from screaming at you too much, though the "Wha-wha wha oo!" is greatly appreciated. But easily the most furious songs on here are the shortest. A Different Age clocks in at 1:33, but packs as much fury as it can into it, resulting in a short punk rock nugget, with a spectacular vocal performance and the chuggin' along bass and drums, which add an occasional fill to keep it comples. The second shortest song is Horizontal is more passionate, as they crank up the music and play at an incredible pace, and the vocals are alot more angry, but the instrumental chorus doesn't help that much, until it picks up it's pace where it leaves off with a bang.

Overall:
If you like The Clash's earlier stuff, then I give this an unconditional reccomendation. If you like groovy music that enables chillaxability, I reccomend this, but be warned there are a few fast paced furious songs that can distrupt you're lounging. But if you like fury, passion and the occasional organ solo, than this is for you. For the downside of the album, some songs are irresponsibly placed and can change your listening mood too early. Also, some songs sound almost exactly like others.

Thanks for reading,
AV8RS



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tom79: This is for you.

BTW I'm reviewing the North American version, which doesn't have Ghost Faced Killer but I downloaded it.

Rudd13
April 7th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You have to be kidding me. This album is pure shit.

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To each his own.

Rudd13
April 7th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, youre right. I might want to give it a second try, but I heard it and it was a horrific mix of just, well, pure shit.

Confessed2005
April 7th 2006


3314 Comments


I know what you mean about evil music teachers buddy...anyways that was a good review. I am not into ska or indie so I doubt I will like this. Might checkit out though.

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, it wasn't so bad. He just said he didn't like the album. He didn't give me the big f u in the least.

Music Nerd
April 7th 2006


95 Comments


If you like The Clash's earlier stuff, then I give this an unconditional reccomendation.

I will love this album then. The Clash's first 3 albums are all amazing. I've heard their single "Riot Radio" before and I really liked it. It did remind me of the Clash. I will definatly check this band out more, and congrats on the review. Very well done.

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, man thanks alot.

Don't forget to vote!

tom79
April 7th 2006


3372 Comments


[quote=AV8RS]tom79: This is for you.[/quote]
:lol: I will check it out, and great review too mam.
I think I remember hearing the single and liked it, so I will probably like the rest.This Message Edited On 04.07.06

Digging: Karate - Some Boots

NEDM
April 7th 2006


1113 Comments


Riot Radio is alright. The guitar riff was all that kept me interested. I semi-agree with Rudd. It just doesn't sound good overall.

Syncratic
April 7th 2006


756 Comments


This band really is boring, doesn't deserve the 5.

-Terrorhawk-
April 7th 2006


9 Comments


Ugh, I can't stand these guys. They think they're actually bringing back 'real' punk.

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to this album again, and I admit I over-rated it. Still, though, it deserves a strong 4.This Message Edited On 04.07.06

-Terrorhawk-
April 7th 2006


9 Comments


It was a good review and all, I just hate the music.

DaveToopes
April 7th 2006


10 Comments


I saw these guys live, they played before Social Distortion. Maybe it was just the wrong type of music for the show, but I didn't like them at all.

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*sigh* no one likes this but me.... and tom79.

tom79
April 7th 2006


3372 Comments


Hey I don't know yet, but i'll check it out. but based on these other guys opinions i don't know...but i'll stick with yours.

Rudd13
April 8th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

eheh, the album score slowly falls down the drain...
And thats peer pressure, gentlemen.

AlienEater
April 8th 2006


716 Comments


The Dead 60s are clearly a post-punk rip off, done very badly. Nothing original here whatsoever

Two-Headed Boy
April 8th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I defintley don't think these guys are post-punk in the least, but whatever. I'm impressed on how good i'm keeping my cool with you guys bashing these guys. I like them.



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