This 2001 offering produced by Freideriksen's bandmate Tim Armstrong is a must have addition to any punk collection. Straight down the line full on punk that you are singing along to all the time. That is what makes Rancid the greatest band in the world and LF&TB side projet back then with a Motorhead and Billy Bragg covers show these guys can work any song and their musical range is a lot more diverse than some may think.
Musicians that encapsulate punk, ska, reggae, psychobilly, rock n'roll roots in all works and this album is really just like having another rare Rancid album even though the musicians are different.
You forget at times this cd has been around so long!
I bought this album a few weeks back and was blown away, never before had i heard such harsh, raw punk! it kicks off brilliantly with Dead american and just gets better and better! some highlights are 'to have and to have not', 'dead american', 'leavin here', 'skunx' and 'vietnam', but as said, they're all equally good. If you want a good introduction to the punk culture, 'lars fredericksen and the bastards' is a great cd to start your collection with
If there was ever a time for a "real" punk rock record to emerge, then the time was now... lets face it, we have had to put up with so much water-down punk these days that its almost a fashion, well i'm happy that Lars Frederiksen is having none of it, a side-project if I ever heard one, this has the attitude of the 70's while bringing in other elements into the game... The Ramones, Sex Pistols and Motorhead can all be name-checked as an influence on this material, from the riot-starting "Dead American" to the old-school punk stomp of "Army of Zombies" while going through the mid-paced "Wine and Roses" and the multi-layered guitars of "Subterranean" along the way, its a surprising varied record that, while very ragged, is more honest than anything else you will hear for a long time to come. Album Highlights:- "Six Foot Five", "Army of Zombies", "Wine and Roses", "10 Plagues of Egypt"
This album sounds like it is 20 years old or more! It is a true masterpiece and every song is thoroughly enjoyable. with the opening song making you want to do punk kix all the way through to the last song Vietnam containing amazing riffs style & lyrics. Best songs = Dead American To have and have not vietnam skunx six foot five leavin here 10 plagues of egypt Well done Lars, Ben will be mighty proud, LONG LIVE THE SKUNX!
Lars' has delivered us an amazing project that seems to show the greatest talent in the punk scene today. Tim Armstrong gives this album the hit it needs with a brilliant production side to it that just seems to shout-'play me loud, or not at all!' The album kicks off with the truly supurb Dead Americans which is a blast of new style punk with a pinch of the ramones and a spoon full of sugar (stiff little fingers) If ever a side project worked then this would be it! This album is extremly good but a few songs seem unfinished, they seem rushed a little and even though the songs are ,meant to be like that, it still seems a little ragged and untidy, but hey what have we come to excpect from the likes of Lars and his Rancid cronies....