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The Bomb

Speed is Everything

Considering how much I’ve heard about the Naked Raygun reunion, you’d think there would be more buzz regarding The Bomb. Speed is Everything is the Jeff Pezzati led group’s first release for No Idea Records. When compared with Pezzati’s more renowned group, I was expecting a more contemporary twist. Instead, The Bomb has a strong 80's feel to it, with dark guitars reminiscent of the more moody new wave bands. Superseding that, however, is the strong drive of melodic punk.

“The Rescue” may exemplify the band’s sound best. It features a steady, prominent rhythm, with haunting guitars laying over them as Pezzati sings, “Then I come to your rescue” in a tuneful call. As the song progresses, the volume increases and the tempo steadily increases into a melodic punk number with a personal feel to the vocals that is easy to sing along to. While the structure is more complicated than your average genre fare, the song just never really gets that interesting beyond the melody. At its core elements, it succeeds, but it never really gets off the ground to fully energize the listener.

Songs such as “Spaceman” and “Blown Away” relay the energy much more effectively with less repetition and less reliance on “oh-ohs” to convey the melody. The band does mix things up, with some nice screaming in “Integrity” that emphasizes the point without beating you over the head, and the pace shifting “Song for the Helenas,” which is has a strong 80's feel to it that somewhat blunts the rising flow of the record.

Pezzati’s voice is definitely the album’s highpoint, with his ability to deliver a forceful melody without interrupting the flow of the songs. Unfortunately, nothing else strikes me much about this release. After a slow start, Speed Is Everything finishes strong, but not strong enough to win me over. Despite its shortcomings, this is the kind of music that birthed the term “melodic hardcore” and when it succeeds, it blows away most bands carrying that torch today.

6.8 / 10Loren
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