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220 Beats Per Minute - Review


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Cricket “220 Beats Per Minute” – 2011

By getting to the point right away, think of Cricket as punk rock with steroids or to make it more legal, punk rock with a few energy drinks.

When I first heard Cricket’s sound it brought me back to the early days when I used to listen to skate punk, which was built on speed and melody.

It’s no coincidence though since these guys have that same type of intensity seen in Pour Habit’s music and the same speed seen with early Epitaph / Theologian acts.

And in terms of that break neck speed, it’s a big element in the band’s music as they don’t let back from start to finish. The other feature that sticks out for me is vocals.

Like Corey from Raised by Apes, you could say that Graham (vocals) is from that So Cal scene with that 90’s style vocal tone. It’s that damn good.

He always keep up with the drums and the bass pedal’s sound really meshes well with that voice; a small point, yes, but an important one for a band like this one.

In terms of the band’s recording, it’s definitely not overly produced. You miss seeing that in the majority of bands these days.

And focusing on drums, this instrument comes out as very real and sounds the way it would be at a show but obviously with better quality. You don’t see any effects or special assignments given to the engineer on this one.

Some songs that stick out for me are “My Demise” with seemingly perfect transitions into their speedy skate punk beats along with a flash back to the oh so perfect Christian skate punk sound up to the first minute and a half or so.

“Sickness Is” later on has guitars that will stick in your mind for quite some time and it’s nothing with guitar monies but they just have that extra melody and “oomph” with the drums.

And with “Live to Write” the band talks about their passion, influences, and the fight to get respected in the scene. You have to love when a band talk from the heart and get out of their comfort zone.

Overall, this band does not disappoint! And they also come from a renowned punk rock market, in the wild wild west of Canada. For a first full length, Cricket kept to their roots and brought us back in time with a release that would be a mainstay in the 90’s, yet is so dearly close to out hearts today.

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- Marcus