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Down In Oakland,
This review is from: Transplants (Audio CD)
Tim Armstrong never ceases to impress when it comes to music and writing songs, "And Out Come The Wolves..." was a prime example, a collection of short sharp Clash style songs that became a hit with MTV and other companies.
Following Operation Ivy (although i haven't heard them before but thats what references are for eh lol)Armstrong incorporates not only a new side project but also a new sound to his music this time around, mixing a hip hop rap feel over a huge rock n roll punk sound at its heaviest.
So joined by close friend Rob Aston and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, the three piece as well as couple guests make up The Transplants. Gone here are the Clash inspired tunes although the feeling does creep in there sometimes, and what is left is an experimental record taking rap about gats and girls and placing it over a rather vicious rock beat.
Whether this constitutes to being a good record is up to the listener but its songs like "Sad But True" and "Diamonds And Guns" that seem instant hits.
My Favourite tracks have to be the duet and possibly the last between Tim and his ex wife Brody on "Weigh On My Mind" and the western style and Tim's only self penned track "Down In Oakland"
What remains to be seen is if this band carries on after Rancid goes away for a while, but right now if the life in this music is so good wouldn't you wish you were down in oakland?