Release Date: February 7, 2020
Label: Lockjaw Records
Format: Digital & Physical
Master: The record was mastered by a friend and fellow skate punker John Harcus from Scottish punk band PMX.
Location: Birmingham UK
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- Steve: Vocals / Guitar
- Jon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
- Jim: Bass
- Andy: Drums / Backing Vocals
Favorite Tracks: Running With Coffee, Regression Session, Projectile Dysfunction and Bullshit With A Smile
Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, Implied Risk, Modern Goon, The Drowns, Ten Foot Pole, Lagwagon and the Descendents
A decade is a long ass time. If we look back at the last 10 years here in America. We have been at war the entire time, elected a fascist President, and the economy is currently hurting the poor more than ever. I mean it’s good for the rich, but very bad for the poor. So I feel like I speak for most punks when I say, “We need a bloodless revolution. We need to band together on all fronts to stop the horrible direction the United States is heading. Personally I need some new anger driven punk rock in my life.
So what’s different about today compared to yesterday? I got word, Birmingham skatepunks, Laughing In The Face Of are dropping their first full album in almost 10 years, “Here Lies Ordinary” on 2/7/2019! We previewed their single for “Running With Coffee” back in September. I’m stoked to check out a new album from the band.
The album kicks off with “Regression Session”. This track is killer! Forgive for my slang, but when I was kid things were being called “Killer” as opposed to “Cool”. Yep I’m a punk dad now. One of the many things I love about skatepunk is sometimes it can seamlessly blend straight into metal. Keep in mind I’m not really a metal fan, but I do like some. “Projectile Dysfunction” is the next song and does just that with some amazing guitar and bass lines.
“Bullshit With A Smile” feels like it starts out more on the pop punk side, before going nice and hardcore. I love this track! This tune will be stuck on repeat for a long time. Raise your fists it’s time to charge! Next up is my second favorite song on the record, “Running With Coffee”. This track is apparently 20 some years late to being on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack. The hooks and solos sound like old school Suicidal Tendencies.
“Modus Operandi” follows and is defined by Google as, “a particular way or method of doing something, especially one that is characteristic or well-established”. The track feels heavy with some ripping bass lines. Steve’s vocals are amazing as he leads the band through a rambunctious charge. “The Insane Continue” is next and speaks of mankind using technology to its downfall. That’s how Trump was elected after all.
“Rationalisation Of Stupidity” is next up and is fucking perfected. See the Trump tweet above? Since we have a ton of fans from across the pond. I need to explain. The Kansas City Chiefs who recently won the big sportball game. Are actually from Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas. As an American student this is something you learn at a very early age. Yes both states host the city, but our “Dear Leader” is a certified moron.
“Looks Can Be This Evening” come in next with a great assault. Damn I really want to go skate right now! You can hear the guitar and bass battle this track out. Next up is “Helldweller”, the track reminds me of Strung Out as it bounces from hardcore over to skatepunk. This is pure anger as it works itself out.
The 10th track is “Penguins”. I love Penguins they’re cute and appear cuddly. This song is no way cute or even cuddly. It’s time to hit the pit and get some emotions out as Steve’s vocals again go deep. “Reasons And Reminders”, follows and what is my first thought? When the hell is this band coming to the US on tour? This track is wicked!
The final song is “From The Ground Up”. Again some amazing work on bass and guitar. The speed is insane and admirable. Skatepunks get your boards, it’s time to skate! This song is reminiscent of the Ft Collins based band, “I Am The Owl”.
In conclusion I am throwing this record in as a nominee for best International Record for 2020! This album is 12 tracks of perfected skatepunk in every fashion. It’s angry, aggressive, and full of master craftsmanship. Here Lies Ordinary is available via Lockjaw Records on both 12″ vinyl and CD with multiple bundle options including an exclusive t-shirt design by Dan Allen, and two toxic colored vinyl variants. The album and single feature the vibrant artwork of Mark Bell.
Hit that pre-order link now, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/laughing-in-the-face-of-here-lies-ordinary/?mc_cid=7b97f745ce&mc_eid=2102aa2f56
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- The Regression Session
- Projectile Dysfunction
- Bullshit With A Smile
- Running With Coffee
- Modus Operandi
- The Insane Continue
- Rationalisation Of Stupidity
- Looks Can Be This Evening
- Reasons & Reminders
- From The Ground Up
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