Great Lakes USA

Live Fast, Die Whenever

Written by: PP on 05/02/2013 23:37:44

Rowdy, energetic punk rock with roughened, shout-out-loud type of vocals and a shitload of melody. Sounds familiar? Well, how about Red City Radio, No Trigger, and A Wilhelm Scream for references. Elements from all three and like-minded bands are certainly present on the Boston-based Great Lakes USA's debut album "Live Fast, Die Whenever", so any fans of shouted out, halfway screamed punk rock with super catchy melodies and basement type atmospheres should be looking this way.

It's not that "Live Fast, Die Whenever" differs much from the other records that sound precisely like this (think about half of The Fest's lineup for example). But it doesn't have to. The songs are played with honesty and passion, which gives it a positive vibe in itself, but when combined with a fast tempo and injections of infectious melody in between, they win over the listener without needing to sound original. All that's needed here is a raw sound that's rough around its edges, where its character hasn't been ironed away by unnecessary production, so the basement style shout-along melodies are upheld in exactly the form they were meant to be experienced. That's why watching these sorts of bands live is always a guarantee for a good show because they sound exactly like they do on record.

Given that it's a fairly standard type of release in the genre, there's not much more that can be said about the release than what I've already mentioned above. It's solid without being overtly impressive, has a few great cuts that you'll enjoy going nuts over when they come play your town. Check it out for sure if any of the bands mentioned are your type of music at all.


Download: Grown Up Stuff, I Sold My Liver Down The River, Rambling Dudes Forever
For the fans of: Red City Radio, No Trigger, A Wilhelm Scream
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Release date 09.11.2012
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