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by on Nov 26, 2013

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Suicide Squeeze
2.6/5 Pies

Recommended Track: Hole in the Sky

Listening to Audacity’s third full length album, I’m struck by its lack of freshness, comparable to opening up a packet of cold cuts that’s three days past its expiration date. I’m not nostalgic for the mall-punk that was marketed to faux-hawked tweens in the early 2000s, and while Butter Knife isn’t quite as bad as that, with a few modifications to guitar tone and vocal styling it could very well be a more mature Less Than Jake’s comeback record.

I don’t mean to deter anyone from actually purchasing this album. There’s a place for this type of music. Bands that rely on their frenetic energy always sound better live, and maybe belong that way–a band that belongs in the garage. I remember this with a strange sort of inverted nostalgia. “Cold Rush” might be the best song on the album, with some unusual chords ringing out and vocals that lie just below obnoxious, the call and response of early emo bands mellowed and 60s-fied, backed by floor-tom heavy drums sounding as though they were played by a more muscular Maureen Tucker.

Other standout track, “Hole In the Sky,” smacks of early Weezer with lyrics about being a teenager, liking a girl and making out in the back of an Astrovan. All of those things aren’t so bad, and maybe I’m being a little too harsh on Audacity. They seem like nice fellows, they play four chord songs in major key tonalities, and they actually seem to enjoy life. It isn’t their fault my adolescence was mostly made up of reading books and crying.

A review’s raison d’etre is bias. There’s nothing technically wrong with this band, the mixing is solid, they all seem like they’re having fun, and I’m sure they go to a lot of house parties. Regardless, I still give Butter Knife a PG-13 rating with a shelf life of two years. If you are going to buy something from Audacity, I would suggest the Finder’s Keepers EP (Suicide Squeeze) over this. I hope I wasn’t too audacious in my review of these formulaic OC garage punks, but they might want to choose a different quality to name their band after. It’s November and summer’s gone.

 

3 Comments

  1. Jane Sands
    November 27, 2013

    Wow, this is a pretty harsh review. Maybe you need to re-listen, Lo Pie Devon.
    Butter Knife offers great musicianship, with all the hooks and fun vocals we’ve come to expect from Audacity. I enjoyed it from the start, but after listening again, I realized that each song represents a different emotion. Butter Knife takes us from joy to pity, to anger, to sorrow. They take risks on this album with unexpected quieter songs mixed with the fist pumpers we associate the band with. The last song, Autumn, about the loss of a dear friend is heartbreaking and joyful at the same time.
    Come on, Devon, give these guys another listen – better yet catch them on their current national tour.

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  2. Devon Rogers
    January 26, 2014

    The Mellow was harshed
    A stone thrown into warm beer
    Some say Audacious young men
    shining in western sun
    Still sound
    Lame.

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  3. Bingo
    February 18, 2016

    Maybe not the best Audacity album. But dumbing all of their songs down to 4 chord major tonalities is ignorance. If you check out some of the songs there are many more than 4 chord verses and choruses. And also great use of modal interchange. And this band has been working and playing for peanuts for over 15 years they deserve way more credit than given here. Especially for an album that they mixed and produced themselves.

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