Album: Warbox EP
First Impression: I wrongfully assumed it was ska.
Album in One Word: Intense.
Sounds Like: Rise Against with horns.
Makes Me Feel: Like screaming! Rahh!
Why this Band is Unique: They keep their ska roots
with their new sound.
Who Would Like This Album: Hardcore
kids, maybe some punks.
"These Black Lines" & "Children's
having a hard time trying to figure out if the Dirty Larry of
this CD was the same Dirty Larry that I used to see play at
the Haddonfield Methodist Church every now & then back in
the day. I found my old copy of Dirty Larry's 1st CD
"Lady in Leopard" and saw the same names of
musicians in the insert. It turns out that they are the same
band, but they sound completely different. One, the old Dirty
Larry, is a fun ska-punk band. The new Dirty Larry, is a more
commercial blend of modern hardcore with horns. There is
barely any ska element. I cant say whether the change is good
or bad, but my taste falls with the punk & ska.
Nevertheless, this CD was entertaining. They reminded me
throughout the entire CD of Rise Against. The same lightly
hardcore sounds w/ random screaming here & there, along
with a lot of vaguely political lyrics. Only this band has
horns, which definitely makes it more interesting at some
parts. The music could get intense. Some of the guitar riffs
remind me of video game music, for some reason.
I could tell that the band is anti-war and anti-militarism
with tracks like "Warbox" and "Leading But
Misled", which I am definitely behind. Track 2,
"These Black Lines", attacks rape (or sexual abuse
of some kind)- "Tell me are you human? Did God grant you
the strength to take a woman's pride?" Another message
I'm behind. The lyrics are thought provoking at some points,
in the least.
Check out Dirty Larry online: www.njdirtylarry.com