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Self Titled

by The Punk Group

The best synthpop/ post punk album to come out from Portland's most notorious band.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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1. Creamed Spinach
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2. BF Jeff
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3. Quota Liotta
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4. Fred Schneider
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5. Fish Sticks for Jesus
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6. Deep fried pumpkin through a gravy tube
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7. Skull Country
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8. Zombies
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9. Homewreckin' Alcoholic
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10. Frosty
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Although I have been on 2 compilation albums with The Punk Group, this review will not be biased toward them in any way. You will only find a hard hitting, nail biting exclusive review of the latest album from Portland’s best Slam Pop Duo in the NW. Their latest release is a self titled album worthy of its name, which features 10 tracks dripping synth pop goodness.

The album starts off right with "Creamed Spinach", and is a great reminder why we all love The Punk Group. “Salt and Butter, Sour Cream…” is an infectious line that will make you want to actually eat spinach after. (If not, then you are not a healthy person and you know it). Track 2 "BF Jeff" is a synth explosion of sorts, that is so thick and layered with awesome synths and kick ass drums, kinda like somebody loaded a potato gun with a Mini Moog and a Nord and fired into 70’s porno flick. "Quota Liotta" sounds raw and discharged, and well, I must admit I love this song. The drums again are amazing. Very cool break beats, with enough low end drops to make your tail shatter. Quota beautifully fades into" Fred Schneider" which is my favorite song on the album. It is so f’n catchy and cool. The melody is very reminiscent of Kraftwerk and of course the B52’s harmonies. Track 5 is "Fish Sticks for Jesus" and starts with a tight bassline that will have you dancing before you know how fast your feet could actually move. The vocals on this track deserve a mention as I really liked the arrangements leading up to the end of the track. Ok so we are halfway through the album, and I feel like this might be a good time for a snack. Maybe I’ll have Deep Fried Pumpkin Through a Gravy Tube! Oh how bizarre that is the name of track 6! Well thank god I am not alone with my obsession of "Deep Fried Pumpkin Through a Gravy Tube". OK so remember how I said that Fred Schneider is my favorite track on this album? Yeah well, I was wrong Track 7, "Skull Country" has just made it to my top favorite. Eat my Ass Fred Schneider! "Skull Country" has an obliterating sweet melody and features some rad vocals that sound as though they were recorded underwater. Also there is a percussion instrument of some kind, possibly a marimba or vibraphone and is a super cool touch to the already amazing song. Alright so we have covered the basics so far, Spinach, BFF’s, Quota (whatever the hell that is), Fred and Gravy. What about "Zombies"? Oh shit here they come! Track 8 is full of those f’n bastards! This track has an amazing chorus and for anybody who loves Zombies as much myself will marvel at the actual Zombie sound effects. Also the bass track is worth mentioning for driving out the massive line in the nick of time! Alright now let’s talk about Neanderthals. The next song is called Travis is An Orangutan, oh wait, no it not. Its called "Homewreckin’ Alcoholic", and yes this song is also pushing the limits of syncopated vocal tracks! I mean holy shit guys this vocal breakdown is pure genius! I hope this song is about a real person so I can egg them! Alright last track ladies and gents! The song is "Frosty", and by the time you get to this song you will hopefully be toasty (I know I was). “Bow Chi-ca Bow Wow…” is an amazing chorus line and don’t forget the awesome mid song drop out that may trip you up on the dance floor. Hell yeah guys, this album was great. I really think it sounded great as well, so nice work on the overall production.


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JeffL

tribute to a homewreckin alcoholic whiskey drinkin cocaine addict
It ain't for everybody. For instance, if you're not deaf... (that's a joke, son). This is among my top 10 favorite Punk Group albums released this year. Yeah, they put out a full-length every 2 or 3 weeks. But THIS one has "Zombies," (song title of the week) "Deep Fried Pumpkin Through a Gravy Tube," (a song I shouldn't promote) "BF Jeff" (what have you guys got against Jeffs? Wait - don't answer that!), Jessi Lixx's thousandth star turn with extra vox in "Fred Schneider", and a tribute to the finest fictional character in song, Travis. Apparently, this fictional character is either an "orangutan," or a "homewreckin alcoholic whiskey drinkin cocaine addict." Maybe both. What we have here is a 2010 Portland take on the Surf Punks' laugh-riot-inducing lyrical ingeniousness - only angrier & (possibly) funnier. The music is Devo-esque - there's no other way to put it. The Punk Group is a duo (Brian & Tony) with a synthesizer fetish, and an ability to record on a Wesley-Willis-esque schedule... that is, apparently on a timeframe of "a song every time a goofy new idea occurs" to either of them. And it works. The live show is a riot, too. And now, some of the management at Crystal Ballroom is trying to deny that they're a homewreckin alcoholic whiskey drinkin cocaine addict. The Punk Group/The Punk Group - self released CD 2009.