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The Stolen Records
Basement Songs


Boston-based group, The Stolen Records’ second full length outing, Basement Songs feels immediately, but pleasantly anachronistic. Third-wave ska in 2007? But the group’s unendingly positive attitude and frenetic drive makes this disc a worthy pickup for anyone who might’ve skanked away a few mid-90’s nights to Mealticket or Bim Skala Bim (more Boston kids) or for a new generation of punk-bop teens.

The Stolen Records are most intoxicating when kicking out pure ska-punk blazers like “Being Useless is Useful,” where amped rock-steady guitars, firebrand synth lines and duel male-female vocal harmonies mobilize the inherently catchy melodies present throughout Basement Songs. “Serotonin Dub” is a solid departure from the more rock leanings, with a  slithering bass line and post-production playfulness. It’s a shame that the other sketches arbitrarily named dubs (“Divorce Dub,” “Baltimore Dub,” etc…) don’t continue this aesthetic and act more as transitions than worthwhile stand-alone songs.

Some rough waters drench the latter half of the disc, with the flailing raunch of “86 Luck” and the highly derivative “The Drinking Song” (which is a pale, uber-lite version of Reel Big Fish’s “Beer”). “O.K.” treads uncomfortably within the realm of smiley-face positivity frat-rock (a la O.A.R.) with its winding keys and “La de da de da /  Everything’s okay” chorus. Luckily the call-to-arms, teenage philosophy rockout “Devil-Talk” and slacker punk sing-along “Chronophodia” inject a needed dose of adrenaline. Even though the band is working within an out of vogue genre, the Stolen Records could have a reemerging trend on their hands with this solid ska record.

Favorite Track: Track 2, "Being Useless is Useful”

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