: I’m trying here to mimic Blacklisted Igor’s particular reviewing style.
people give contraceptive pills to their pets. Some people like Destiny’s
Child. Some people let a tenth-rate sound engineer mix their songs and do not
even bother to go to the studio. Some people whose favourite band is Chokebore
buy Sum 41 albums and are not even ashamed. Some people go through a serious
Guns’n’roses revival and listen to Sum 41 all day claiming that it’s heavy
music. Some people wanted to eat midnight kebabs to celebrate the new-year. Some
people hang out in Peru (or Bolivia) and dare call themselves Rebels. Some
people get psychotic and make a list entitled ‘top-50 albums of 2002’. Some
people will Interpol-od and end up doing Joy Division rehab. Some people would
like to wear Joan Jett buttons. Some people would like to be brave enough to
dare speak to girls. Some people try to quit smoking but won’t manage to. Some
people got red cards and missed the next round ; they say they will make love to
their girlfriend instead but they might as well puke on her. Some people will be
back in USSR soon. Some people establish rules to organize a manly pun
championship. Some people need to have rules as if life was a bowling game. Some
people study to get a ‘nothingless phd’. Some people need you to send them
ID photographs of strangers to make a random Amélie Poulain wallpaper (send
them to us and we’ll give them). Some people fuck 40 years-old married women
after tenth-rate free-jazz gigs. Some people don’t want to spend the
new-year’s eve with us. Some people live in College Station, Texas and play
drums in a reggae band but they can not smoke weed because they might end in an
Oz-like prison. Some people allegedly direct movies, meet Spielberg and write
for L’Equipe (French daily sport newspaper). Some people have been
really affected by Schinder’s List and Dance With The Wolves.
Some people listen to unknown bands, amongst which is Ten Foot Pole. I regard
the latter attitude as not guilty and I let you judge the other statements.
Foot Pole plays a particular melodic-punk with a great sense of melody.
They’ve shifted from Epitaph to Victory to release their fourth album. I have
to admit that Ten Foot Pole is my second favourite 90’s melodic-punk band (aka
skate-core, aka melodic-hardcore, aka ‘punk-à-roulettes' – in France). My
90’s melodic-punk top 5 being: 1) Bad Religion (before 1996) 2) Ten Foot Pole
3) Pennywise (from About Time to their black album) 4) Tilt (first two
albums) 5) Nofx, MrTxp & Lagwagon.
Foot Pole’s singer has still a fine voice but most of the songs sound like Insider
b-sides (Insider being their previous album). The previous albums by Ten
Foot Pole were filled with should-be hits (eg ‘Daddy’, ‘Damage”, “Too
late” and ‘It’s not me’ on Unleashed, ‘My wall’ on Rev,
‘Late at Night’ on Insider). On this new release only ‘giving
gravity a hand” is really appealing. ‘Armchair quaterback’, ‘Plastic’
and ‘Happy daze’ are simple straightforward songs which quickly get to the
point but they definitely sound like alternate versions of prior numbers. Some
songs are more indie than what the band used to do as if they wanted to be the
next Sum 41 (‘Nova Scotia’, ‘I wanna be alone’ and its cliché ending à
la Beach Boys) “One hero” chorus reminds me of ‘one man, one vision’
(Queen). “Shelter” sounds bad (it seems that the singer is different). I
hope that the last song ‘Riptide’ deals with the forgotten tv program.
/jan 15th 2002/