Release Date: 11/24/2020
Label: Thousand Islands Records
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Favorite Tracks: Sacrifice, Work It Out, Transmission Clear, Sunburn, Actors For Hire, Who’s Driving, Wasting Time, The Feed, Daily Revolver, Crown Of Foil, and Slumber Party
Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, Pennywise, Authority Zero, and Pulley
Are you looking for some new kickass skatepunk? Look no further, Denver’s Record Thieves have released their debut album ‘Wasting Time’ via Thousand Islands Records. CPRA has been wanting to get our hands on this one since the band released their first single a few months back. This punk rock supergroup, features members from, Of Authority Zero, Allout Helter, and Boldtype. Each member brings their own unique and epic style to this record.
The first track is “Sacrifice”. I was immediately thrown back into my highschool era 92-96. This was back when bands like NOFX, and Propagandi were bringing joy to my little teenage ear holes. The quick guitar hooks are my favorite in the track and the lyrical content hits home.
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Work It Out
We’ve all been there when a relationship is failing. You question everything and anything. I think we can all relate to the songwriter on this track. I love the drums on this track, The melodic hardcore style feels perfected, yet not too close to being overproduced. I’ll be adding this track to my next relationship mixtape.
This track is about letting go and moving on. The song is more on the melodic hardcore side which is unexpected, but gives the track a more deeper feeling. The lyrics again steal the show while the lead vocals perfectly align. If you are currently leaving a tough relationship listen to this track. Music soothes a damaged soul.
This track swings right back to the skate punk side with it heavy chords, fast hooks, and awesome change ups. I love the guitar on this track. It harkens back to an early Suicidal Tendencies feeling.
Actors For Hire
This track goes full hardcore. It reminds me of early Strung Out with its kickass riffs on guitar, thumping bass, and crazy fast drums. The vocals are killer. This is by far my favorite track on the record.
This is my second favorite track. I love everything about this track, Waterhouse’s vocals are killer! The ending guitar riff sends it over the edge! We’re gonna need a music video for this one.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve wasted plenty of time in anger. Mainly with things completely out of my control. Things I really should’ve let go. Some of those things took me years to get over. We all feel out of control right now with Covid, so put this on and get some of that out! This track is beautiful. The bass gives this a dark edge.
This track comes in at a breakneck speed. Hit the pit, this is the track to do it. I hear some older influences and I love it. This track talks about the dangers of technology and nonstop “Feeding The Machine”.
The guitar riffs on this track are fucking rad. It speaks about breaking the daily 9-5 cycle and remaining true to yourself.
Crown Of Foil
With the invention of the internet of course conspiracy theories had to follow. The gang vocals, “We can run, but we can’t hide” are by far my favorite part of this song.
Sadly we have reached the final song on ‘Wasting Time’. I have no idea where this came from, but this track reminds me of the movie/series, “High Fidelity”. Isn’t that what art/music is supposed to do? This is the perfect ending for an album.
In Denver we have 2 scenes, Metal and Punk Rock. Occasionally there may be a show which features bands from both, but unfortunately it’s not very often. ‘Wasted Time’ by the Record Thieves may just be the album that can bridge these 2 scenes under one roof. The 90’s skate punk sound will leave you with “Devil Horns” in the air as you hit the skatepark. It will leave a lasting impression on you as it has on this writer. This record is just what I needed to cure my Covid 19 blues.
Seriously get this on vinyl for that authentic sound here, or buy the digital release here, https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wasting-time.
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