Anybody who questions this band’s credibility as street-punk veterans should bite their tongue. It’s a hard life pounding 40-ounce beers like water and toiling for hours to reapply all that hair dye and glue before a show.
This 2006 LP falls into a trench that many punk bands have joined over the last five years—a heavy politicizing of their lyrics. “Without Warning,” which has the speediest beat on an already juiced album, is one of this band’s first songs to actually address a political issue, in this case an oil-induced global economic crash. Which means, The Casualties have gone from songs about the over-consumption of 40s to the over-consumption of fossil fuels. NOFX would be proud.
“Great American Progress” is a chronicling of the abuse immigrants have had to suffer, ending with a slight against Lady Liberty: “Stupid bitch lied to me!”
As for the rest of the tracks, you’ll find liberal applications of buzz calls to “stand up and fight,” and “up the punx,” or just the standard, “Oi! Oi!”
I may never understand what Duane Peters shoes and safety pins have to do with smashing the state, but I’ll admit a dirty black hoody with a Minor Threat patch clinging to the sleeve is still hanging in my closet. If nothing else, the nostalgia alone makes this album worth listening to, and the show a must-see. (Mike Gerrity)
The Casualites play with Time Again at the Badlander Friday, June 20, at 5 PM. $12, all-ages.