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Review from Discorder - August, 1999


d.b.s.- "Some Boys Got it Most men Don't" (New Disorder)


They ain't young highschoolers no more. Despite growing up, it seems Vancouver punk-pop quartet d.b.s. still rocks with the same exuberance they showed on their 1993 debut tape Catch 22. This effort, their fifth full length (not including the split album with Anti-Flag), sees the band tighter, angrier and rocking with wilder abandon than ever before. Think older Seaweed meets older Pennywise, with the Seaweed influence being more pronounced. This album is definitely more emo rock than hardcore punk. This album, their first for San Fran's New Disorder, shows a bright future for the label. This album may never get the recognition of, say, Seaweed's Four or Time's Up, but it is displaying a potential new route for Vancouver pop-punk to take. Many tracks sound like they were done live off the floor, yet they still sound very clean and professional. Moreover, the album doesn't get stuck in the common punk rut (as well as d.b.s.'s past problem) of the twenty-songs-in-under-a-half-hour-syndrome, which is nice for a change. There are some good feedback-driven improvisational epics, contrasted by a few very short speed-thrash tracks and some semi-slow, heartbreaking punk ballads. It all rings in at a smidge over 40 minutes (good value) and selections could just as easily be found on a mix tape at work as on a boom box at a skate park. I really dig the muted horns on "And Then I Awoke" and "Apology". Punk needs more horns sections on tunes that cannot be filed under "ska". Such as those here.

-Mike Chilton



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