Album review

Useless ID :
No Vacation From The World

Kung Fu Records

Useless ID : No Vacation From The WorldIt's an album of conscientious afterthoughts stemming from an adolescent knife twist and 17 year old social decay. Anyone who thought that fame and fortune meant serious lyricism vanishes without a trace hasn't heard of these guys.
    Yes, in fact where they say "Take me to a place where only happiness is all around, 1986 is where we'd go . . ." is something I would wholly identify with, but after going word for word from here through another ten or twelve others, I'm about ready to completely close the door on my past and welcome middle age! I don't think there's a single song here that doesn't reflect in some way an impressionable youth's bout with break-ups and broken hearts. Okay, so it's a soapy, surprisingly serious jaunt through the a late teen head space. A place where not everyone's strung out on drugs and pissed on politics, yet demoralisation develops in any and all forms - and this is an uptempo and relatively bright style of pop glee with punk undertones that's not a far stretch from Weezer or Ween!

Their Israeli background, contrasts with the idea of punk music on Western shores, but more significantly, these guys come away more like Malibu Beach than the mean streets of Haifa! I'm not going out on a limb saying it's been done to death by the hundreds of So. Cal punk wannabes who ever earned a skate or surf endorsement off the back of the Warped tour. So for the Israelite soundalikes - why not!? The tunes are giddy, catchy, generally error free and in perfect tune with the oh-so-important background harmonising that settles any and all differences with the ol' schooler scowls.
    No Vacation From The World seeks refuge from the life of doubt, despair and the down turned brow that undermines a hopeful youth, so if you like bands like New Found Glory and Nerf Herder, or those that sway to the side of sincerity over silly, you're getting a full week's worth of daytime drama right here!

:: Vinnie Apicella

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