Gob
Foot In Mouth Disease


3.0
good

Review

by Robby Roark (The Sludge) USER (26 Reviews)
May 25th, 2006 | 44 replies | 8,045 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gob damn it. This is average.

Gob. A Canadian four piece punk band who formed in 1994 in Vancouver, BC. Taking cues from bands such as Goldfinger and Blink 182, Gob's immature snot nosed bubble gum pop-punk gained a following in Canada in 1996 with the release of "Too Late... No Friends." After releases of their self titled and "How Far Shallow Takes You," numerous Warped Tour appearances, and a large Canadian following. It wasn't til Sum 41 who cradled Gob under their wings after the release of their 2001 album "The World According To Gob" where they reached a solid fan base, when the Sums took them on tour. Following the tour, Gob signed with Artista Records and soon after followed by this release of "Foot In Mouth Disease." Leading with the single "Give Up The Grudge," which is also featured on the American Wedding soundtrack, Gob was set to take over the pop-punk world with their brand of silly, angst-like lyrics and hard driven 3 chord system.

Gob:
Tom Thacker - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Theo Goutzinakis - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Craig Wood - Bass
Gabe Mantle - Drums


The opening track suggest just that. "Lemon-Aid" opens with a mini drum set, somewhat cheap sounding. But once the verse comes along, it shows you what?s to come. Catchy verse and an even more catchy chorus. With a guaranteed mini solo after every chorus. Lyrics somewhat childish, about putting a girl in her place, which is common through out the entire album. As opposed to the drum opening to the first track, the clapping intro to "I've Been Up These Steps" sorta makes me tap my feet to the clapping beat. But when the song progresses, it sounds vaguely familiar to "Lemon-Aid." "Oh Ellin" is somewhat of a different formula of the past two songs. Starts off in the chorus, but just gets repetitive as you hear "Oh Ellin, what can I do" over and over and over and over again. Also it drags, more than a 4 minute song should.

I don't want to hear anything about "emo" on "I Cut Myself, Too." I don't use that word loosely. Aside from the song title, it?s a great song. It seems Gob hit everything right on this song. The feel, the more 'complexity' of the guitar work during the verse, that feeling it gives that makes anyone wanna somewhat dance a bit. Its still about putting some girl in her place, but it's a damn good track to listen too. Fed Up gives a different feel to the album at this point. More of a rock track, than a pop-punk sound. Slow start, a piano kicks in, even when it picks up I still hear the piano, which adds a nice effect. The most interesting track lyrically here is "Ming Tran." Not because it does something special, just for the one line that blatantly stands out.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ming Tran
One of these days, my friend Ming Tran will kick you right in the face
Other than that line, nothing interesting on the song, still kinda bland and starting to feel the same as about everything on this album. The most obvious filler track is "When Life Gets Boring." Just sounds like the first two tracks, but just more boring, no pun intended. Same lyrics on getting back at a girl, putting her in her place.

"Give Up The Grudge" was the lead off single from here. It?s a nice introduction to the band. Like the impression of, lets see, lyrics of getting back at a girl through the art of music, what a shocker. Then again on here, the lyrics are quite interesting. Catchy chorus and a nice bridge before the chorus. The music on here sound a bit blah, but better than others on here. "Bones" gets more aggressive from the get go. It's a great in-your-face type of song. Vocals have a nice touch by Tom reaching a higher note at the end of a line in the verse. Short song too, only 2:12 long, but within that song there is an anthemic chorus, which really stands out among the blandness of the album. Another easy filler track, "This Evil World." Its hard to think of this song as nothing but boring. But the music is just pure boring during the verse. And the chorus is a step up, but all in all, its not a well executed track.

"I Hear You Calling" is a rehash from their 2001 album "The World According To Gob." It's a good song, but wasn?t needed an updated version, especially when the first version was better than this one. Its anthemic chorus drives the song, as a well pulled off verse cuts through the song. Here?s a song that?s completely different from anything on here. "Bully" starts off boring enough. Some of the worst vocals here is during a verse, but it all makes sense as the chorus hits. It turns to a scream fest as the music intensity increases. Interestingly enough, it blends to a great track. Still a track about getting back at some girl, as the bridge repeats "Tired of being pushed around. Gonna be an emergency." "Cold Feet" is meant to be a filler, towards the end of the album. But it turns out that its not a bad filler track. It's a bit leaning towards a rock track, than a pop-punk. The lyrics are kinda stalkerish, and actually different for the first time. He's actually pleading for his love to come back. Why would she after being threatened to be kicked in the face (in Ming Tran). The last track is a bland way to end the album. "Everybody's Getting Hooked Up" doesn?t offer nothing more than anything on the rest of the cd. Its blah musicianship and poor lyrics thrown to a last track.

I came into this review thinking its gonna get a decent score, since I've listened to it on and off for the past 2 years or so. After a careful analysis, its lack of musicianship, filler tracks, and the samey feel to the album outweighs the good on the it. I did like some of the daring, snot-nosed lyrics provided. Then again the lyrics lacked variety, as did the music on the album. The energy is there, especially during tracks like "Bully" and "Bones." But its countered by the lack of energy on "This Evil World" and "Oh Ellin." Such a shame too, it had so much potential.

Final Rating

C


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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Sludge
May 25th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

let me know what you think, i'll do some editing when i get off work, just rushing to get it on here.

TemperamentalGoat
May 25th 2006


87 Comments


Ming Tran has one hell of a cool intro. That's about it.

tom79
May 25th 2006


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ha, I added this album and was going to do it. This is for sure my favorite Gob album. I dont' think Cold Feet is filler, its probably one of my favorites here.
How come you, the reviewer gave it a 2.5 in the review, but rated it a 4? :confused:

And i don't think the lyrics to Give Up The Grudge are about "getting back at a girl"This Message Edited On 05.25.06

Digging: Wipers - Youth of America

spoon_of_grimbo
May 25th 2006


2241 Comments


i heard these guys compared to avril lavigne...

Zesty Mordant
May 25th 2006


1196 Comments


Man, Gob is one those bands that every kid in Canada has seen live at least twice, even though they are not intentionally going to see them (ie. usually opening for another band, at edgefest, playing a free concert somewhere...)
I like "Ming Tran" but I doubt the rest of this album is relatively good.

Cravinov13
May 25th 2006


3854 Comments


I hate this band. They annoy me so much it's insane.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 25th 2006


459 Comments


I've only heard "Give Up The Grudge", and it's definitely not about getting back at a girl...
I was planning on buying this back in my days of pop-punk obsession, but never got around to it. "Give Up The Grudge" was a part of the immaculate Madden 2004 soundtrack. I would have bought that if they released it separately from the game.

tom79
May 25th 2006


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah you misinterpreted a number of the lyrics. The review was good but you say too many songs are "boring" or "bland" without really describing them.

I probably will review another album of theirs sooner or later.


The Sludge
May 25th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=tom79]
How come you, the reviewer gave it a 2.5 in the review, but rated it a 4? [/quote]
Well, I rated it a 4 some time ago. Then when I came to review it, maybe it became dated, and didn't appeal to me.
[quote=tom79]
I dont' think Cold Feet is filler, its probably one of my favorites here. [/quote]
Its basically where it was placed on the album, its a great song, and different from most of the album.
[quote=spoon_of_grimbo]
i heard these guys compared to avril lavigne... [/quote]
Gob went on tour in support of Avril, but only because they were label mates. Its gotta hurt Gobs image though.
[quote=tom79]
you say too many songs are "boring" or "bland" without really describing them. [/quote]
I'm working like hell on my reviews to describe the songs more, thats why I'm writing reviews I'm confortable with, before attempting anything like Winger or anything like that.

FauxApathy
May 25th 2006


98 Comments


I've only heard Oh! Ellin.

Poppy as hell, but for some reason I can't resist it.

The Sludge
May 25th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

At first Oh Ellin was good to my ears, but now for me, its barely listenable.

The Sludge
May 25th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy Double Post!This Message Edited On 05.25.06

The Sludge
May 25th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy Triple Post!This Message Edited On 05.25.06

Big Tone
May 25th 2006


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, quite funny, a triple post.

You have a pretty good review here, although i disagree with you on Oh! Ellin, that song is off the heezy.

canadianterrorist666
June 23rd 2006


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First Album I ever bought, and I still listen to it XD

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 17th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good, but kind of disappointing.

Abaddon2005
April 17th 2007


684 Comments


Weird. With Jom's reviews a 3 translates to a B, but for you it's a C-. Great review nonetheless.

The Sludge
April 17th 2007


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Was origionally a 2.5, but I changed it. Forgot to edit out the grade lettering, like I did to my other reviews. But thanks though.

bloc
December 25th 2009


34847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of the first albums i ever bought and enjoyed thoroughly.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

bloc
October 3rd 2010


34847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is effin' classic



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