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Je Suis Un Baseball Bat vs. Skull
Does Everyone Stare? Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Where the hell did this come from?!? Out of nowhere comes Je Suis Un Baseball Bat vs. Skull, and it is quite good. It begins with a metal-esque riff, followed by spastic drumming, and for about ten seconds, I have my doubts. Then the heavier guitars sound and then I'm thinking for sure this is chuga-chuga metal. But then amazingly, the vocals kick in with major chords and melody, and that's really all it takes. Coping some sort of vaguely early nineties alternative attitude reminiscent of Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Je Suis Un Baseball Bat vs. Skull had me hooked from about a minute in. Besides having an amazing title, its great, spunky, and ridiculously tight, an anthem for the attention deprived, for sure.

Across the pond in England a guy named Wiz used to be in bands called Mega City Four, and Serpico. Now Wiz and his cohorts come at us with Ipanema, a band that surpasses any pedigree expectations. Lineage doesn't really matter at all. Ipanema are urgent, and poppy at the same time, with energy and aggression similar to a band like China Drum, a little known English 90's punk group.

I find this so pleasing because instantly I am transported back to my days of listening to Ned's Atomic Dustbin and other English post-new-wave and punk groups. It's a pleasant experience. And then, just as fast as it starts, it's over. 2 songs that kick my ass, and have me singing along from the 2nd listen. Where did you come from Ipanema, and where did you go so soon? Release something else, come back and stay a while.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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