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Botox Party-Bring In The Suck EP

September 1, 2007

Band Name: Botox Party

Album Name: Bring In The Suck EP

Best Element: Aggressive DIY punk the way it should be done.

Genre: Punk

Website: http://www.myspace.com/botoxpartyva/

Label Name: Upchuck Recordz

Band E-mail: http://www.myspace.com/botoxpartyva

Short, aggressive and politically charged songs are the name of the game with this EP from Richmond, Va., punk power-trio Botox Party. Featuring six songs and clocking in at a mere 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the band does DIY punk the way it should be done.

Keep in mind, this is a DIY band, and the recordings reflect that. At times it can be difficult to make out the lyrics or individual instruments. However, lower recording quality doesn’t necessarily make the music of an equally low quality. The band displays exceptional songwriting ability to fuse mature and poignant lyrics with a punk rock attitude, a feature that is often lacking in many punk bands.

Opening with the 38-second-long “New Year,” the band delivers some surprisingly upbeat lyrics about making life worth living that contrast with the aggressive nature of the music and the vocals.

Diverging from this optimism is the next song “Problematic Emotions,” which features the same aggressive attitude but has lyrics speaking of frustration and angst. Despite these qualities, it ends on a hopeful note.

“Elitist Social Class” stands out as the best song on the EP due to some great instrumental work from all three band members. The guitar and bass have equal shares of riffing and some incredible drumming takes place. The song itself is a poignant social protest against the type of punk rockers who see themselves as being better punks than others. These elitists are prevalent in many punk scenes and it’s great to see a punk band taking a stab at them with lyrics like “I hate the way that people act/When social outcasts form a social caste.”

The band continues chugging out the fantastic punk songs with “Stealing Childhood” and “The Best of Times,” both featuring more fantastic instrumentation and charged lyrics.

The next stand-out song, and unfortunately the final song on the EP, is “Work and Suffer,” which takes a stab at Social Security and the misfortunes of the working class that are forced to continue working because they can’t afford to retire.

My biggest complaint about this CD is that it’s too short. Also, it’s very unfortunate it doesn’t have better production values. Bring In The Suck EP, ironically, is a rare example of a near-perfect punk release.

-Nate Williams

nathanmw@ou.edu

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