Love Songs for the Apocalypse

Carson gave this album 2.5 notes2.5 notes2.5 notes on 2008-06-23.

Love Songs for the Apocalypse is split between two independent punk bands: Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains and Mantits; this split allows for a variety of sounds.

Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains are performed the first nine tracks ("New Mexico Song" through "D.I.Y. Orgasms"). Most of the lyrics in these songs are spoken or screamed which is not unusual for punk bands. What is unusual for punk bands is they make good use of brass instruments and a harmonica; guitar is present, but is used mainly for rhythm.

Also, like many punk songs, the tracks from Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains are usually rife with meaning. "Church Hymn of the Condemned" is a social commentary about the confusion sometimes felt about life and religion. "Acid Song", on the other hand, is about drug use, contemplation, and self-ridicule. "I Want Cancer for Christmas" describes the angst and depression ridden life of someone discussing suicide.

Some songs are reminiscent of other, more well-known, groups. For instance, "Election Song" feels a little like They Might Be Giants with its horns and vocals alternating. Also, "Untitled" exhibits irony on par with King Missile - no the least of which is the title of the track is "Untitled".

Moving on to Mantits, we come to an entirely different sounding and feeling group of songs. The most noticeable change is that the lyrics are sung, instead of spoken and the guitar playing is more integral to the music. Mantits feels a bit like a more deranged version of Weird Al Yankovic - especially on "The Extinction of the Human Race" and "Kicking Your Shins" which is also reminiscent of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python. Other songs, such as "World War 3", have lyrics similar to those of The Misfits; in this song Mantits describes - rather humorously - the world being destroyed by nuclear weapons causing us to "live in a Mad Max movie".

I have heard much better punk music in my time, but it is hard to beat the originality of either of Johhny Hobo and the Freight Trains or Mantits. Both groups show real potential and I hope that they continue to produce music.

TrackNameCarsonKatherine   TrackNameCarsonKatherine
1 New Mexico Song 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     10 The Extinction of the Human Race 3 notes3 notes3 notes
2 Church Hymn for the Condemned 3 notes3 notes3 notes     11 Kicking Your Shins 3 notes3 notes3 notes
3 Whiskey is My Kind of Lullaby 2 notes2 notes     12 Fear Makes the World Go Round 3 notes3 notes3 notes
4 Acid Song 3 notes3 notes3 notes     13 World War 3 3 notes3 notes3 notes
5 Election Song 3 notes3 notes3 notes     14 Righteous Indignation Saved the World 2 notes2 notes
6 I Want Cancer for Christmas 2 notes2 notes     15 Ode to Freedom 2 notes2 notes
7 Harmony Parking Lot Song 2 notes2 notes     16 Kill Me in My Sleep 2 notes2 notes
8 Untitled 3 notes3 notes3 notes     17 So Long to the Ice Cream Bars 2 notes2 notes
9 D.I.Y. Orgasms 3 notes3 notes3 notes     18 Bitter Hole in the Wall 2 notes2 notes

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