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Smartbomb - 2001 Yeah Well Anyway

Chuck Andrada - vocals, guitar
Scott Brotemarkle - bass, vocals
Steve Augustine - guitar
Derrick Decker - drums

NYC's Razor & Tie label is fast becoming a real talent spotter for great rock acts. Not content to release one of the best albums of 2000 in The Clarks' 'Let It Go', the label is at it again with Washington DC band Smartbomb. The band's debut album for Razor and Tie, 'Yeah. Well, Anyway..', is a supercharged, intensely melodic album of punky and pulsating modern rock that at times sounds a little chaotic, but is all the more energetic and exciting for that.

The Songs
A revved up version of Faith Hill's sickly sweet ballad 'Breathe' has already drawn attention to the quartet's talents but there's a lot more to this band than inspired cover versions. Right from the screeching guitar intro of 'Acetylene', a full on aural assault is on the agenda, and although the pace slackens a little for 'Don't Be Gone', nothing less than a reinforced seatbelt is required. Apart from the conspicuous hooks and killer melodies of tracks like '50 In My Wallet' and 'Complicate It', the immediately striking aspect of Smartbomb's music is the dazzling and inventive drum work of Derrick Decker - the sheer intensity of his playing means his replacement sticks alone probably accounts for a quarter of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Pleasingly, the album isn't unbalanced by the presence of 2 sure-fire singles and 10 fillers. Even though potential singles such as 'Down', 'Exactly Where You Are' and the aforementioned duo of 'Acetylene' 'Complicate It' are in evidence, tracks like 'Ordinary Star' and 'Movie Of The Week' are just as good.

In Summary
Producers Lou Giordano and Paul David Hager give a crisp definition to Smartbomb's pop sensibilities and in the process the band come across as one of the freshest, most exciting new bands to emerge this year. Smartbomb has already lit the fuse by opening for bands like SR-71, Smashmouth, Matchbox 20 and Shudder To Think, and it looks as though Razor & Tie has picked another winning band because 'Yeah Well, Anyway..' is nothing short of explosive.


Track Listing:
01 Acetylene
02 Complicate It
03 50 In My Wallet
04 Breathe
05 Hysterical Inside Joke
06 Exactly Where You Are
07 Down
08 Out Of Hand
09 Movie Of The Week
10 Don't Be Gone
11 Homecoming
12 Ordinary Star

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