Thursday, June 22, 2006

Record Review: Copyrights - Mutiny Pop

The Copyrights’ second LP, ‘Mutiny Pop’, is 10 songs too long. While their brand of pop punk is infectious, by the third song it seems as if they’ve tapped the wells of inspiration dry. They rely on the same group harmonies and chord progression on each song. This renders each song decidedly monotonous by the third odd listen. While their debut LP, ‘We Didn’t Come Here To Die’, exhibited enormous potential, they fail to fulfil any promise, instead resting on their laurels.

The Copyrights take queues from the likes of Screeching Weasel and the Lillingtons. Their music smacks of Ramones-core. Mutiny Pop opens with ‘Cashiers,’ a buzzsaw pop punk ball-tearer that rips the listener from their complacency and hauls them in. But after that, every song runs together. The Copyrights fail where they try to go for the jugular on each song. Because every tune is so uniform, you can’t help but tire of their aural assaults. It’s not that their jabs lack potency, it’s just they don’t have the repertoire to work the entire body. Where their progenitors knew the value of varying their songs, the Copyrights fail.

There’s no doubt the Copyrights possess enormous potential, they just have to expand their palette. While they’ve proven their ascendency of the genre, it just happens to be a narrow one. And unless they can expand on it, it’s unlikely they’ll appeal to anyone besides the small, fringe dwelling core of Ramones-core fanatics.

Two Thumbs Up

Make Up Your Own Mind


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I couldn't disagree more. The songs don't repeat the same chord progressions, and never get into 1-4-5 cheesiness, which is the cornerstone of Ramones-core (which is an incredibly misused term in describing this cd) They even use the "devil's interval" in 2 songs, I know, I know, how unoriginal in pop punk.


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