Strung Out
Live in a Dive


5.0
classic

Review

by meeeeeeeeeeeeee (returned) USER (1 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Strung Out: live in a Dive; is the fourth c.d on Fat Wreck's 'live in a dive' series, but unlike some live albums that are just cheaply thrown together, poor sounding records made simply to keep a bands fans happy since the band hasn't released anything for several years, here we have a thouraghly enjoyable album.

This C.D displays a positive outlook on Strung Out's music, featuring some of the best songs spanning their long career over four albums, several eps and just over ten years as a band. The focus on the whole career makes the C.D perfect for long time Strung Out fans or those unfamiliar with them. The listner is treated to a lot of variety in the C.D, as the C.D ranges from hard hitting punk tunes like 'Everyday' or 'Bring out you're Dead' to amazingly creative, technical masterpieces such as 'The Kids' or 'Velvet Alley' to relatively lighter more melodic tracks like "Exhumation of Virginia Madison" and just to tip the balance for every poppier track they have plenty of heavier harder songs like the phychotic 'Ultimate Devotion' or brooding 'Savant'.

Not only does this disc feature a great range songs, but for a live album it is very well produced. The atmosphere of a live punk show is captured well as the opening track begins with about two minutes of crowd cheers that range from rowdy shouting, to united chanting before a rumbling tom beat initiates further frenzeying of the crowd. A kind of tension grows during this opening section, but as the climax is reached when we hear the familiar voice of the bands frontman scream 'whats up every body?, let's tear this ****ing place DOWN!' and bam the first song blasts into place. For those who have listened to previouse Strung Out records, will already be knowledged in their crazy guitar riffs and finger-bleeding guitar solos, but to hear them pull it off so succesfully and not have it lost due to bad quality recording will leave you amazed. The live experience is kept flowing throughout the record as in between songs the band engage in a bit of banter with the audience and the fans zealously yell requests back at the band. The impressiveness of this band is also truly presented well throughout the C.D through perfect nailing of techy and complex riffs in a live situation, the fact that they can play melodic poppier tunes without making them sound like some trendy MTV band and the interesting modifications and improvisations that they do to their songs to breathe some new life into older songs.

Overall this is a great C.D fun to listen to if you are into loud, fast, catchy, hard, punky rocky stuff. The musicianship is great (especially for a punk band, brilliant lead and solos, creative riffs and simply breathtaking drumming). The lyrics are good, good intensions and messages (as well as some occasionaly humourouse songs) presented in a mannor which is well written and partially poetic but not too far over the top in the criptic department. The singing is fine, a dramatic voice that ranges from fast yelled bits to slower sung parts to the occasional screamed part, good back up harmonies in certain parts too. So if you are a long time Strung Out fan or a fan of similair bands then this is a great CD worth every dollar paid for it.

I rate this C.D a five out of five as I can listen to it at any time and it has a lot of variety in its songs.

Standout songs:
-Ultimate Devotion
-Bring Out You're Dead
-Bark at the Moon (an Ozzy Osbourne cover, that they nail perfectly only they play it a million times faster)
-Velvet Alley


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hybridofsound
July 3rd 2004


131 Comments


Always wanted to check this cd out, might next time i'm at a music store. Strung Out are one of my fav Fat Wreck bands.

Advice for your review: Paragraph. It's really hard to read otherwise.

meeeeeeeeeeeeee (returned)
July 3rd 2004


19 Comments


^oh yeah, paragraphs, thanks ill remember that next time

meeeeeeeeeeeeee (returned)
July 3rd 2004


19 Comments


what about the review, what do you think?

meeeeeeeeeeeeee (returned)
July 5th 2004


19 Comments


has anyone heard of Strung Out?

204409
Emeritus
July 5th 2004


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Strung Out owns. And yes, I think someone has heard of Strung Out.

hybridofsound
July 5th 2004


131 Comments


Don't spam your review thread. After Sommerset (Kiwi Punk band) Strung Out are my favourite punk band ever. The Bark At The Moon cover is fantastic and better than the original thing. Strung Out are probably some of the most technical punk musicians there are. I haven't heard this album so can't really comment on it but the review was pretty well written.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
July 31st 2005


344 Comments


my brother has this cd......maybe i'll steal it.

spoon_of_grimbo
December 18th 2005


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fucking amazing live album!!! its jsut a shame they didnt play "mind of my own"

CushMG15
May 31st 2006


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This arrived today, and thus far my only beef with it is that it was recorded before Exile in Oblivion.

That and they slowed a couple songs down a bit.

EverythingEvil
July 15th 2006


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why didnt they play mind of my own?
awesome live album though

Intransit
January 7th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album r00lz. And I'm sure they played Mind of My Own, but this live album isnt in order or anything (hence the screams of Velvet Alley two songs from the end). They did 4 shows (2 days, early and late shows.

I love this album, but I wish they played Mission to Mars, Mephisto, Your Worst Mistake, and Blew as well.

CushMG15
January 9th 2007


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great live Disc. Spans their career really well. They slowed a couple tracks down, but for the most part they nail everything. The version of Savant on here owns me and the album version. That and Cult of the Subterranean on here are my favorite Strung Out songs. Period.

StrizzMatik
June 11th 2007


3229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm pretty sure I came when I heard the 10x sped-up version of "Population Control". Possibly my favorite live album ever, and as far as I'm concerned, their rendition of "Bark At The Moon" is the definitive version of it.

204409
Emeritus
July 5th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The live versions of "Velvet Alley" and "Matchbook" owned me today in the car while I was driving to work.

204409
Emeritus
September 8th 2008


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another year goes by and this is still my favorite album to jam out to in the car during 95˚+ heat.

CushMG15
September 8th 2008


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For myself, it's a winter cd. But goddamn does this slay something fierce.

Awesomesauce
April 24th 2009


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man i haven't listen to this album in years! Prob one of my favorite live records. Mite throw it on now, being friday arvo and all.

FNYANKEZ
September 25th 2009


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best live albums out there..especially punk live albums. The live set really shows off thier skills. Only thing missing is "Mind of My Own"



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