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5.0 out of 5 stars www.stateofemergency.net, 13 Feb 2004
This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
This album was a heart stopping surprise this early Wednesday morning, as the postman delivered what I expected to be a slightly rough but entertaining punk rock experience and I slipped it into my stereo I realized that I had vastly underestimated Graveltrap. This album is blinding, it will burn your retinas and in return give you song after song of high quality modern punk music that shows just how advanced the UK scene is becoming.
Their sound is tinged with elements of ‘Pennywise’ where the riffs are chord progressions are concerned and even a little ‘Less Than Jake’ lurks in the vocal arrangements; which may I add, are astonishingly well harmonized.
Songs such as; ‘Primal Fear’ and ‘S.R.J’ are chock full of catchy as SARS time changes and infectious beats that break the songs up with style and grace leaving your head swimming with love and confusion that gives way to a big goofy grin as this band continue to amaze you with their creativity, over and over again, with just enough style mixings and developments keeping each song fresher than a bumper tube of Colgate!
They are not let down by their lyrics either for example in the explosively chunky song ‘Primal Fear’ ‘Why can’t people accept reality, is it because of a primal fear?’ and fear not because there are still plenty of songs relating to the nation’s favourite confusing pass time; relationships. In some places the lyrics are a little simple, so what? This is punk and I think our love lives are confusing enough without cryptic advice from an obviously homosexual rock icon. Gravel Trap have the right idea, keep it fast, flamboyant and catchy as hell and above all simple; people want to sing along not analyse the meaning.
There are a few slight detractions from the high quality writing, ‘Last Chance’ wears a little thin before it’s 3 ½ minutes come to a triumphant conclusion. Perhaps if this song have been a minute shorter or employed more of their terrific time changes evident on almost the entire album.
‘What About The Marigolds’ is a good demonstration of their softer more emotional side, it actually turns into a rather powerful and moving song. It has a huge sound that injects the lyrics with even more emotion; ‘Graveltrap’ are capable of some really excellent music that ties in very nicely with the more catchy songs dotted throughout. Despite being a rather interesting style change that could have really split the album apart, it in fact works as a nice intermission and certainly a moment to look forward to.
This is an extremely impressive album, especially considering that it is a debut work. Graveltrap have the potential to be huge, but above all already that potential has been set into motion and not squandered or damaged by an over controlling label. The future is bright, the future is ‘Udder Chaos’!
Standout Tracks: ‘Primal Fear’, ‘S.R.J’, ‘Balls Up’, 'Drop Out' & ‘ What About The Marigolds’.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MK Punks get it right first time, 28 Jun 2003
This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
Graveltrap have put together some complex, mature sounds on this album and in doing so have supported their fantastic live set. For a debut album, this pop-punk adventure has everything it needs...sing-a-long lyrics, Pennywise-esque guitar riffs and a general catchy feel, as well as a series of time changes that would often be way above an upcoming bands station.
These time changes, along with some heavier rock riffs are what makes this band ahead of their competitors.
The album is varied in places, with a slightly hard hitting song in "What about the Marigolds?" put in the middle of the album. This song is different to the others, but still keeps in line with Graveltrap's unique sound, and it is this song that really shows what the band are capable of. With its emotional attack coming through the lyrics and singing of John Hall this song makes the album in some way deeper than many punk albums.
Other superb songs on the album are the bands first single, "Subconscious Random Jukebox" which has one of the finest, bounciest sections I have heard before, as well as a momentary cross to ska during the bass solo, and "Don't Take It All Away", the albums finale, which is another complex emotional rollercoaster.
On the downside, however, there are, in some places, moments of slightly uneasy singing from John, but this is barely noticeable.
This album is structured extremely well, with 12 tracks, Dan Gibling singing on the odd track numbers, with John Hall singing the even tracks. This duel frontman idea works a charm for the band on stage and has not let them down on the album.
Overall, this album indicates that Graveltrap are a band to keep a close watch on in future years, and as this is their debut album, they can only improve from here, and who knows where that could take them. All in all, "Concrete & Udder Chaos" is a refreshing break from much of the UK punk at the moment, and deserves to send Graveltrap right up to the top of the UK punk scene.
Leading tracks on the album: "Subconscious Random Jukebox", "Balls Up", "What About the Marigolds?" and "Don't Take It All Away"...also watch out for the secret acoustic track at the end of the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys rock!, 3 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
If you have seen this band play live, or on satelite TV, you'll be familiar with the way they assault you with sheer energy and great tunes. This album has all the great tracks they play live, and others that don't get aired enough.
Remember to check out the lyric sheet as well.
If you think bands like Blink 182 could do with a bit more balls, buy this album now! You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stupendous etc..., 25 Mar 2004
This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
I first heard of graveltrap when I saw them on the moonska europe tour. I was, to put it simply, blown away. They had so much energy, and sounded pretty damn good too!
The album has a variety of "catchy riffs" to bowl over unwitting on-listeners, and well-harmonised, memorable lyrics, and a generally well-rounded sound with very good production.
If I had to choose highlights of the album, which is really hard because I'm in awe of the whole thing, they would be: S.R.J (which is 'available for selection on Scuzz' as i type...); Kicking Chickens (mainly because of the title i have to admit); and What About The Marigolds which is a much more sombre track than any other on the album, but still has all the energy i have come to expect from this remarkable example of British punk rock.
Buy this album, and be impressed!
(Wow, i think ive actually managed to sound relatively intelligent and make sense! Be impressed with that too!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, 17 Feb 2004
This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
these guys seriously rock, just seen them in Cheltenham supporting Spunge along with Never Heard Of It. The sheer energy they put accross on stage is quality, and this album just literally blows you away!!!go buy this album now...or better still go and see the. they still have 11 shows left on their tour with Spunge
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concrete and Udder Brilliance, 27 July 2003
This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
The first album from up and coming band Graveltrap on the Moon Ska label, this album will shock you with an almost suprising mix of styles and moods within the pop/punk genre. Stand-out tracks are "Primal Fear", a bouncy ska song with clever lyrics, and "What about the Marigolds?" Which carries a brilliant amount of emotion throughout the song and is as hard hitting as it is technically brilliant.
There is also a cool bonus track at the end if you wait after the last song, when the band do a Blink 182-style acoustic track.
This band have the ability to go far... buy it now and you'll be able to tell your friends you were one of the first to hear them when they're massive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 16 Nov 2005
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Kjell R. Jørstad "joerstad" (Vadsø, Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Concrete And Udder Chaos (Audio CD)
This album ROCKS, don't regret a day that I bought it :-)
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