High School Punk Band
Drops Debut Record
Gilbert’s The Line Cutters Release Their First Attempt At An Album And Guess What? The Assemblage Of Tunes Is Absolutely Thrashtastic — Even If You Don’t Live In Suburbia
By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine
July 31, 2014 — The Line Cutters recently released a new E.P. entitled Pirates of Suburbia and what is immediately obvious about the bands is that they are PUNK AS FUCK! These three soon to be high school juniors have already impressed some of Phoenix’s punkest punks such as Matt Spastic, Sammy Boner, Johnny GImmick, and Ray Reeves with their tight and well practiced live performances. Now they have an opportunity to impress punk fans far and wide with their debut recording.
The Line Cutters play a pretty strong brew of punk, metal, and ska, and the E.P. is seven fast-paced, head-banging tracks which highlight the three musicians’ politics and obvious love of early 2000s punk.
Even though it is obvious the three 17-year-olds are still looking for their unique sound, the angry little bastards might actually have two or three singles on the album. Their obvious hit is their track “Yolocaust,” all about those high-school-aged jerks with a penchant for living once. The track pokes fun at use of the fad word “yolo,” while also taking a somewhat insightful look at the society which allowed for said “yoloers.”
The other song that is almost assuredly a single is the album's first song “Assimilation.” It is not quite as catchy as “Yolocaust,” but that is mostly because the Line Cutters take a far more metal edge on it than they do on “Yolocaust.” Singer and guitarist Marceliano Festa shows off more of his vocal range in “Assimilation,” adding in those metal yells, while bassist Jett Smith really plays a hell of a bass on the song, and drummer Jon Heiligenthal just punishes his drums.
The third track on the album which could be a possible single is actually a cover. But instead of going with a Leftover Crack, or NOFX cover like one may expect from a high school punk band, The Line Cutters went in a different direction. They chose to cover “Comrade Marco,” a song by Smith’s cousin’s band The Crown Victoria Vandalism Committee. The song is essentially an inside joke about a former political ally who changed sides on them.
The album’s title track, “Pirates of Suburbia,” is a hard edged punk song ala The Casualties. Festa takes to almost incoherent screaming, but not in the same way as screamo. It’s just a fast thrash song about the group’s distaste for the cookie cutter world of suburbia that gets the blood going whether performed live or on the recording.
The album’s sixth track “Education” is about the three-piece’s feelings toward the education industrial complex.
“If I wasn't in school I’d know so much more about the world,” says Festa, showing off his clear mistrust of the education system. “Trying to turn me into a motherfucking zombie,” is another line in the song that highlights what they think about America’s educational system.
Rounding out the album are the tracks “Black Friday” and “Built on Blood.” A ska core track with heavy vocals, “Black Friday” denounces America’s biggest consumerist holiday, and consumerism in general. While “Built on Blood” is a crossover thrash metal song about the American empire and how it was all built on the blood of others.
Altogether,Pirates of Suburbia is a wonderful debut album for a group of kids who have not even graduated high school yet. I think there are tons of more experienced bands that would love to sound that good on some of their more recent work. The album can be purchased on Bandcamp, CD Baby, or from the fellas directly at any of their shows.
Jeff Moses a senior contributor at Modern Times Magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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