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Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select Start
MOC Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I know that nobody is going to believe this, but when I was in high school, I played in a band and we named our first tape (back before CD burners were all the rage) Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select Start. So, you can imagine my surprise and total amusement when Boylion's Konami code-baring album showed up in my mailbox.

My first instinct was to email them and tell them how they are so 5 years ago, but all it took was to simply listen to the record and realize that they must know that already. Boylion is pretty much your typical played out emo band, who think they are clever for liking Nintendo and having some random keyboards filter throughout their ridiculously lame and predictable songs. Pretty much every note rattled off on Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select Start has been done before, when it was released the first time and called Four Minute Mile. They even got the shitty production values down pat, as they attempt to make a Fender Stratocaster sound tuff (though the task is virtually impossible, unless you are Doug Martsch), and the sloppy drumming and muddy keyboard nonsense is pretty unforgivable. Of course, their uninspired brand of rock would not be complete without somebody trying to sing like the fat dude from the Get Up Kids, with less success of course.

These four lads and one lady should be embarrassed that they are actually producing this kind of juvenile drivel, which essentially takes the emo-song-book and copies each cliché page for page. I hope that people out there see through this type of ass-a-tronic shite, and Boylion is basically removed from the world's musical palette. It is my sole belief that this record will garner enough bad press to convince them to go back to the high school talent show circuit, so my band can once again gain sole rights to Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select Start, and continue to master Gradius, Contra, and Life-force.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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