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Left Front Tire prove almost as good as their Icons,
This review is from: Social Icon (Audio CD)
Pop-punk is a pretty cut-throat genre when it comes to music. Masters of the art - namely Green Day, Blink 182, Rancid and the like - were awe-inspiring to thousands of reject American school kids, outcast for some reason or another (there "baggy clothes" being one possibility suggested by nu-punk-princess Avril Lavigne some years later.) And so at the turn of the new millennium, these hoardes of young punk fans grew up with many deciding to imitate their skateboarding, self-loathing idols by forming there own bands, and so a whole new wave of punk rock was to sweep over the world. Of course many of them were, well, crap, but thankfully some were worthy successors to Billie-Joe Armstrong. Left Front Tire is one such band.
There's a fair chance most media-driven Brits won't have heard of LFT due to their staggering lack of chart success, however any fan of the American Pie series of hysterical teen movies will surely have heard their track "Bring You Down" from the second instalment. And lucky them. Fast, fun, and with so much electricity produced from the cracking electric guitars you almost get shocked, it's an extremely likeable track.
And it's not the only one. "Therapy" is full of the same reckless abandon of upbeat pop-punk as "Bring You Down" with no less than an awesome guitar solo to boot. Some songs like "General Public" have more sickeningkly sentimental messages to them about etc. that seem somewhat awkward when played to the same chirpy chords as the other tracks, although they're still hard to dislike nonetheless.
Left Front Tire are a rewarding band once you get into them. First you have to distinguish them from the rest of the sweatband-clad crowd of social misfits ('and proud of it!') The next task is to try and remember what each song goes like, as it's quite hard to separate them at first. A minor flaw though, as, while they all sound very much the same, they all sound catchy, energetic and just plain great! In other words, if you liked "American Pie," you'll love this album.