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54' 40 or Fight!

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This album is another one of those anthology deals where they have decided to re-release a previous full-length (300 copies - released by Actionboy Records 1996), and throw in some rare and live tracks to boot.

I can't help but classify this one with the Chicago "scene" circa the mid-late nineties. There is a good reason for that though, as that is when Hubcap existed. Hubcap was Billy Smith (Haymarket Riot, The Traitors), Jay Ryan (Dianogah), and Andrew Zboralski. They definitely have the whole six degrees of separation thing going on. They get together every now and then and play a reunion show, but for the most part, Hubcap is no more.

Hubcap combines complex rhythms with a steady backbeat to drive their songs. Vocals are powerful when present, but are sometimes neglected. Smith's guitar and Ryan's Bass seem to fray between one another. Which helps contribute to the distinct sound. Be forewarned, some of this album is very raw. As the tracks progress, it seems the quality does as well. This album might be found heavenly to those familiar with Hubcap or the aforementioned Chicago scene, but I can't help but feel these songs were better left untouched and hard to locate. I mean what happened to the days where I had to go searching through bins full of record store 7"s just to find songs such as these?

I think I'm supposed to throw in that Bob Nanna plays drums and sings on quite a few tunes on this album.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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