Scrambles (album)

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Scrambles
Scrambles album cover.png
Studio album by Bomb the Music Industry!
Released February 15, 2009
Genre Ska punk, punk rock
Length 37:41
Label Quote Unquote, Asian Man
Producer Bomb the Music Industry!
Bomb the Music Industry! chronology
Get Warmer
(2007)Get Warmer2007
Scrambles
(2009)
Others! Others! Volume 1
(2009)Others! Others! Volume 12009

Scrambles is an album by Bomb the Music Industry!.

Recording and composition[edit]

In April 2008, several demos from Scrambles were posted on the Bomb the Music Industry! MySpace for a few days before being taken down. On October 6, 2008 the band entered the studio to start recording.[1] A day prior, the group released the album's track listing and mentioned that the album would be released in January 2009. Frontman Jeff Rosenstock said it would contain "a ton of weird stuff on it."[2] A clip from Green Day's performance at Woodstock '94 is played at the end of "9/11 Fever!!!" A clip from Ol' Dirty Bastard's song "Dirt Dog" is sampled at the end of "25!" A clip from the movie Milk is played at the end of "It Shits!!!"

Release[edit]

In mid-November 2008, the band performed at Skanksgiving ‘08 festival.[3] The album originally was due out in January 2009,[2] but it was delayed to allow time for printing a zine. Scrambles was released digitally on February 15, 2009 for free through Quote Unquote Records, as well as being released physically on Asian Man Records.[2] The physical version includes a 32-page zine by friends of the band including Latterman, Mustard Plug, Kaiju Big Battel, Bridge and Tunnel, and Cheeky. In March, the band appeared at the Harvest of Hope Fest.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Punknews.org4/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press5/5 stars[7]
Exclaim!(positive)[8]
WRPI(positive)[9]

Reviews of the album have praised its perceived cohesiveness and clever lyrics.[10] One reviewer wrote that, "Rosenstock's songwriting, which has always been quirky and introspective, is at its best here, mixing the personal and the humorous, and finding the difficult balance."[11] Another reviewer declared that "Jeff Rosenstock is slowly becoming the only voice in punk that matters."[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cold Chillin' Cold Chillin'" – 1:45
  2. "Stuff That I Like" – 2:53
  3. "It Shits!!!" – 2:42
  4. "Fresh Attitude, Young Body" – 3:38
  5. "Wednesday Night Drinkball" – 2:30
  6. "25!!!" – 2:47
  7. "$2,400,000" – 5:58
  8. "Gang of Four Meets the Stooges (but Boring)" – 1:11
  9. "9/11 Fever!!!" – 1:43
  10. "(Shut) Up the Punx!!!" – 2:34
  11. "Can I Pay My Rent in Fun?" – 3:01
  12. "Saddr Weirdr" – 2:38
  13. "Sort of Like Being Pumped" – 4:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Sean Bonnette – vocals (track 5)
  • Neil Callaghan – melodica (track 13)
  • Mike Campbell – omnichord (track 1)
  • Chris Candy – trumpet (track 10)
  • Mike Costa – drums (all tracks except 1)
  • John DeDomenici – bass (all tracks except 1, 6, 7, 10)
  • Dino – vocals (track 3)
  • Kepi Ghoulie – vocals (track 3)
  • Joel Hatstat – sleigh bells (track 1)
  • Rick Johnson – theremin (track 7), bass (track 10)
  • Matt Keegan – trombone (tracks 1, 10, 13)
  • Christine Mackie – bells (tracks 1, 13), claps (track 4)
  • Tom Malinowski – guitar (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12)
  • Sean McCabe – trombone (tracks 1, 10, 13)
  • Jeff Rosenstock – vocals (all tracks), guitar (all tracks), piano (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6), saxophone (track 1), tenor saxophone (tracks 10, 13), keyboards (tracks 3, 10, 11, 12), claps (track 4), synthesizer (tracks 4, 6, 11, 12), wurlitzer (tracks 4, 5, 7), mellotron (tracks 5), key bass (tracks 6, 12), fuzz bass (track 7), bells (track 11)
  • Laura Stevenson – vocals, banjo (track 13)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bomb The Music Industry! to enter studio tomorrow, detail album." Punknews.org. October 6, 2008
  2. ^ a b c "Bomb The Music Industry! set to record, detail next album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 5, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ska Is Dead Tour presents Skanksgiving '08 Fest". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. July 20, 2008. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Against Me!, Bouncing Souls to play Harvest Of Hope festival". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. December 18, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Punknews.org review
  6. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  7. ^ Alternative Press review
  8. ^ Exclaim! review
  9. ^ WRPI review
  10. ^ "WRPI 91.5 Troy Indie Music Blog: Gold Sounds: Bomb the Music Industry! - Scrambles review". Ilikewrpi.blogspot.com. 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  11. ^ Sutherland, Sam. "Bomb the Music Industry! - Scrambles • Punk Reviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  12. ^ "Bomb the Music Industry! - Scrambles". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2012-03-08.

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