Does It Offend You, Yeah?
You Have No Idea What You're Getting You


3.0
good

Review

by Papasfritas42 USER (2 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2009 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This synth-laden, glitchy-pop effort is well worth a few spins in your walkman.

This review is long overdue. When I first heard of Does It Offend You, Yeah" I thought, "What the hell happened to normal band names"" But, apparently when the band decided to load some music onto Myspace for the first time, they needed a name. They opted to use the first thing they heard when they turned the television on. What they heard was a quote from the UK show "the Office," with Ricky Gervais' character asking, "Does it offend you, yeah" My drinking"" Quite a humorous little back-story, eh"

"You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into" is the band's first (official) foray into the world of music, and what a wild ride it is. Quite a few songs almost sound like the keyboard lines are ripped straight from cheesy monster movies. Classified most easily as electronica, they blend 1 part indie rock; 2 parts dance; 1 part new wave; and just a dash of metal for an interestingly catchy recipe that is sure to become a hit at the next potluck. From the synth-laden opener Battle Royale to album closer Epic Last Song, they manage to provide the listener with a more-than-filling serving of glitchy-synth-electro-pop.

The energy on this album is palpable. You can tell that the band members are having a blast with this record. "Attack of the 60ft Lesbian Octopus" is a really good example of this, sounding vaguely like surf rock. The song starts off with some sketchy feedback, and then the snare kicks in. The synths let out a quivering wail, increasing in pitch until there is an explosion of sound as the drums kick into full gear and the bass provides a simple, energetic groove. The keyboards let everyone know of the 60's monster flick soundtrack roots here, and are not ashamed to do so.

These guys also provide a few slower, "poppier" tracks just to let you kick back and breath, but take nothing away from the catchiness. "Dawn of the Dead" and "Being Bad Feels Pretty Good" are perfect examples. The energy levels are a bit toned down, but the catchy, sing-along nature they bring to the table more than make up for that. The former even has a bit of a steel drum to the chorus, which is a nice little addition and brings something new to the table.

I enjoy this album immensely, but I feel like a lot of the songs sound similar if you listen to the album for an extended period of time. The formula doesn't seem to change much from song to song. And for some reason, I always seem to skip over "Doomed Now". It escapes me whether this is because it is filler, or if I'm just anxious to get onto the rest of the album. The band accomplishes the short songs well, but some of the longer ones like "Weird Science" seem to drag on.

Overall, this is a fun album to listen to, and it feels like it could hit a wide range of music tastes across all genres. This is a solid effort by these newcomers and we should all look forward to their next album, hopefully a more refined, diverse effort.

Recommended Listens
With a Heavy Heart (I regret to inform you)
We Are Rockstars
Attack of the 60ft Lesbian Octopus
Being Bad Feels Pretty Good


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Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2009


17311 Comments


Nice review. Someone reccomended them to me once but they weren't really my thing.

thebhoy
Emeritus
June 23rd 2009


4462 Comments


^ as in they suck, you mean to say.

Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2009


17311 Comments


Most the time I try to avoid saying that any band sucks. If they have a following that expands beyond friends and family than they must be ok to someone.

NewYorkZoo
June 23rd 2009


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YOU.



WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE.



HOW DARE YOU.



At this point, Papasfritas42, you should guess that I have nothing but good things to say about who you are or what you do. THANK YOU for introducing me to this awesome band, I had been dying for some fresh new flavor of music, and you have successfully satisfied my craving for like the next 2 weeks. Which is a long time in my world. Great review.



Well done sir. Do not change a thing.

Abaddon2005
June 24th 2009


684 Comments


"let's make out" is a fun track but that's pretty much it unfortunately.

KTV
June 24th 2009


760 Comments


the band name annoys the shit out of me. so i guess it does offend me, yeah.

NovaSilver
June 24th 2009


130 Comments


Battle Royale and We Are Rockstars are pretty good. Not really enthused about anything else on here. Pretty good overlook of the album though for those of us who don't know what 60's horror soundtracks were like a bit too brief.

Captain North
June 27th 2009


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About time this got a review.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 27th 2009


3900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys are so much fun live it's ridiculous.

Digging: Glassjaw - Material Control

Ellx
January 1st 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i dig

fatlip27
January 17th 2010


246 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My co-worker is trying to get me into electronica and let me borrow this album for the weekend. I'm not feeling it at all and agree with Willie that it just isn't my thing. All the songs sound the same, HOWEVER, I did find some of the vocals to be catchy.



I did enjoy "Epic Last Song," but I feel that I heard this song on the radio sometime in the past 2-3 years (The Killers anyone?).

Ellx
May 27th 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

listened to this recently, can't believe this was once a 4.5 for me

Acanthus
March 11th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm actually enjoying this more than most here it would seem, it might sound similar but it adds to the charm rather than making it a snooze-fest.

TheSadLittleDinosaur
June 19th 2011


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't understand why so many people hate this...

I mean yeah, it has a song called "Let's Make Out," and we can all agree they got carried away there, but their name is Does It Offend You, Yeah? and to quote a Streetlight Manifesto song, "It'll piss somebody off, and in the end, isn't that what matters?"

Seriously though they're obviously joking with a lot of this, but some of it is serious too. They've struck a good balance between humor and serious music, and I like that.

Acanthus
June 20th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like this album for roadtrips.

clercqie
August 13th 2011


6520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TOO MANY REASONS FO TROOOOOUUUUUUBLE!!!

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know if I want to find out, I'm happy with this one personally.

bloc
August 13th 2011


45218 Comments


It's bad

Digging: Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Somehow I'm not surprised really

bloc
August 13th 2011


45218 Comments


Dude you gotta listen to Life Of A Ghost by Blue Foundation



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