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Winnebago Deal – Career Suicide

December 22, 2010 by  

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Winnebago Deal – Career Suicide

NAME: Winnebago Deal
ALBUM: Career Suicide
DATE: 15November2010

LABEL: Cargo/We Deliver The Guts


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Acclaimed Shouty Catchy Straightforward Punk


LINE UP: Ben Perrier – Vocals, Guitar, Ben Thomas – Drums

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: The two Bens of Winnebago Deal have been around for well over a decade, peddling their vitrolic punk in eardrum-rupturing live shows and on Kerrang and MTV2. They’ve recorded with some of the great rock producers and collaborated with everyone’s favourite drunken troll, Nick Oliveri. After a string of well recieved albums, the duo return after four years in musical limbo with ‘Career Suicide.’

SOUNDS LIKE: The title may cause a few apprehensions in fans well versed in the tight yet hook-ridden punk of the ‘Deal, but rest easy, there is nothing here that suggests the guys have commited the act. True, this album has a few more melodic elements and a lot of the doom and gloom of 2006’s ‘Flight of the Raven’ has been toned down, but this isn’t to say the Bens have gone soft in their old age. The album is simplistic, blistering punk that clocks 14 tracks at just over half an hour. Not a musical masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but if you were expecting highbrow musical innovation, you are looking in the wrong place. Winnebago Deal do exacly what you expect them to do – the pace doesn’t let up, the hooks come thick and fast and the lyrics are an exercise in meathead punk dissatisfaction that fans of the band are accustomed to. The fact that there are only two of them adds an impressive element in that the amount of noise and energy they produce feels like the work of many more. They relentlessly chug and thrash along, giving a taste of the sweaty chaos of their live performances.

Sure, this isn’t for everyone. But for those with a passing interest in punk and even those who feel like a lonesome pogo around their room to let off some steam, this packed album is a good place to start. It’s hardly going to set the world alight, but that’s all very well when music can be this fun and dumb..

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You like your music fast, angry and sweaty – think Rancid and friends.


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