From: Miss Mindy’s Music Review-December 2004, Boulevard Sentinel
Hello and Happy Holidays! This month I have a very special gift for all of our readers out there.
Get Out (tm) is a punk band that was born in Eagle Rock and raised in the E.R.H.S. Jazz Band. Their sound is loud, fast and explosive (not to mention impossible to get out of your head).
Meet “I”, Bonds, and Kevin! Ian Robbins a.k.a. Special “I” is the guitarist/lead vocalist and founding member of Get Out (tm). “I” spent his high school years going through numerous band members whom he enlisted from jazz band or class. An early formation of the band actually performed a song in an E.R.H.S. talent show! Ian’s put in a lot of hours and come a long way since â€˜92 and it shows. This album is incredible! “Still Not Famous” is full of Ian’s rapid guitar action, fun melodic changes and great vocal harmony. Oh yeah, and he writes it all himself!
John Bonds is the bassist/vocalist. He first began playing bass in â€˜96 when “I” got tired of always looking for a bassist. In the hopes of finally having a solid member in the band, Ian taught John how to play. All the while, John practiced and “listened to lots of NOFX”. Well, Bonds obviously did something right because the bass lines on this album kick! Be it punchy staccato, funky walk-ups or jumpy licks, he always seems to go beyond the expectation. Most definitely a solid and talented bass player.
Kevin Scott is the drummer of the band. His lightning fast drum rolls and crashes really pull the sound together. Kevin uses every chance he can to completely unleash on the drum kit. Hearing him is astounding, seeing him live must be an absolute experience. Kevin seems to be the mystery man of the group. He has been known to wear a ski mask to gigs. Interesting?
Get Out (tm) also has a little known fourth member. His name is Bobblehead Theoneeyed Happyface (Bob for short). Not only is Bob the band’s “corporate logo”, but he also seems like a pretty popular guy! He’s got his own page on the band’s web site (www.getouttm.com) with a complete bio. You MUST see it!
“Still Not Famous” is the third album from Get Out (tm). It starts off strong with a heavy hitter called “Everything Won’t Be Okay”. Kevin is simply a maniac on the drums and the lyrics are hilarious (and sung in perfect harmony).
“Kill The Radio” is an unrelenting song with serious momentum. Ian’s guitar just rips right through you, backed by the frantic pulsing of John’s bass. Then they throw in a swanky little reggae change, making this a major audio powerhouse!
First thing in the morning, start your day off right with “Heroic”. An infectious song that features a nonstop hard driving beat. Peppy punk with a bubbling bass line, super clean pauses and a beautiful guitar break. “It’s easy to defend yourself, harder to take the blame. Quick to fall back down from glory, hard to rise from shame”.
The amazing gem on this album called “Weekend” might as well be called “The Bonds Show”. Like musical fireworks, John explodes on the bass! His tones are warm and vibrant with impeccable timing. You can really hear how talented these musicians are in this funky showcase. Very impressive.
“Still Not Famous” (does anyone understand why?) is a total party song. Clever lyrics with great harmonies accented by a wobbly, bouncy breakdown. Kevin highlights it all with a sharp snare and snappy fills (this guy must never get tired!). “It’s kind of hard to jump around, with seven people in the crowd. It’s difficult to feel inspired”.
Clean, clear drums with anthem quality is what you’ll find on “Record Deal”. Complemented by a small psychedelic breakdown that quickly snaps back to attention. A sharp sound with a smooth transition between tempo changes. The band’s lyrics are absolutely comedic. “We’d like to thank you for not giving up and coming to our shows. We’d like to thank you for not leaving us and laughing at our jokes. Just to inform you we’d do anything to boost our sex appeal. Our message ain’t subliminal give us a record deal”.
I could go on all day telling you why Get Out (tm) rocks, but you’ll have to check them out for yourself (believe me, you’ll thank me later). “Still Not Famous” is available for sale on the band’s web site. Also available are their previous albums (“Better Than The Last One”,’02 and “Their Self-Titled Debut Album”,’01), hilarious bios, a complete band history and lots of other fun stuff. Get Out (tm) will be playing at Weber’s Brewery in Reseda on December 17th (address info is available on the web site, as well). This band is undoubtedly worth the trip! Support your local Eagle Rock bands, check out the site and make sure to BUY THE ALBUM!!!
Get Out (tm) is a self-promoted punk band that has no label backing. They do it all themselves.
A band that is untainted by commercialized pop or “industry standards”. Hurry up and check this band out now, before they get signed!
www.getouttm.com BUY THE ALBUM!!!