steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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US Bombs

"Lost In America / Live in 2001" CD

Disaster Records

Genres: punk, street punk, punk rock

POB 7112
Burbank CA 91510

April 13 - 20 2002

The liner notes on this album end with the words "so let the masses have their Blink 182 - we know better." Boy are they right. While mainstream groups like Blink 182 and The Offspring have been mass-producing their own brand of "mock-punk," the U.S. Bombs have been working quietly (well, not quite quietly) in the underground, making a name for themselves in the true punk community. After a respectable number of albums, they've decided to release this, a live collection of their best songs.

Well that's all fine and dandy, but how good is it? Well, it's got its problems. First of all, the recording quality leaves a lot to be desired. I mean, sure, this is a live release, but that doesn't excuse the fact that the vocals are basically unintelligible. As well, there aren't any printed out lyrics to read along to, so it's next to impossible to comprehend what they are trying to say. Nonetheless, some of the stuff here is enjoyable. They do a fantastic live version of their "War Birth" tune, for example. And there's no doubting that "Ballad Of Sid," their tribute to Joey Ramone, is a great track. All around, though, you may be disappointed.

It seems more logical to buy one of the Bombs' studio releases than to pick this album up. And if you really want the live feel, it may be more worth your while to wait for them to actually come to you town. But still, if you're a diehard fan, this may be a good choice - assuming you've already tired the rest of their catalogue.


Matt Shimmer