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In Desolation

Off W/Their Heads Audio CD

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Off With Their Heads - In Desolation. Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads are well on their way to carving out their own punk rock story with their modern take on anthemic four-to-the-floor rock and roll. In the gritty tradition of bands like the Bronx and Against Me, Off With Their Heads write songs that invite fist-pumping singalongs.

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rad June 9 2010
By Michael Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Had this for about a week now and I think this might be their best record. I can't think of anything I would change. It's even a step up from the last album. If you buy this, try to get the bonus track because that is great too. Great summer album. Somehow, this band makes being miserable feel good. About f---ing time Mr. Brett got his head out of his a$$ and signed a band worth a s***. Only took him a decade.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off With Their Heads keep to what they know on Epitaph debut Dec 25 2010
By Thomas Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Off With Their Heads are a rare breed of band in that they have been able to pump out three full length albums, several EPs and countless split 7"s worth of music centering around depression, angst, disaffection, isolation, and despondency without ever once having a lyric that seemed forced or ingenuous. The band lays all of this over classic three chord pop punk that calls to mind memories of 90's era Lookout bands as well as hometown chums Dillinger Four, The Arrivals, early Against Me!, Leatherface and other No Idea alumni.

Yet, one can see songwriter Ryan Young beginning to work through many of the Issues presented on Hospitals and From The Bottom, and aiming his acerbic wit at topics less explored on earlier albums. This is perhaps best displayed in the song "Their Own Medicine" which rails against those who victimize others much the way "Your Child is Dead" does on the 2006 Hospitals album. Also featured are several love songs, but with a twist that is with out a doubt classic Off With Their Heads self a facing and debasing double speak.

he album builds to the penultimate track-- "My Episodes" --A slow heartfelt ballad in which Ryan Young express a desire to move past all the depression, addiction, and heartache that has plagued his life for the past five years. There is a brief sense of closure to that chapter of Off With Their Heads' existence. It is then ripped away by the final track "Clear the Air".

"Clear the Air" is an anthem that more or less sums up Off With Their Heads's purpose and outlook. Off With Their heads is an outlet leading to catharsis for Young and his audience. Young never asserts that things suck now, but they will get better, not that they might get worse. The feelings are in the moment. Many listeners will relate to "Clear the Air"s simple refrain of "God damnit, I'm falling apart!". It is not a lofty or elevated expression of the emotions we feel as life seems to be crumbing around us in times of strife, it is the real expression of that anxiety.

That blunt realistic expression is what has drawn so many to Off With Their Heads. Here you have a band writing about the worst parts of life, and putting them over catchy tunes that stay with you. While Off With Their Heads are certainly not the first Punk band to breach these topics in such a fashion, they are the only ones who have carved out a niche for them selves and made these subjects their sole domain. They are also one of the few bands to tackle any subject matter so convincingly for so long with out losing their grip on sincerity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't impressed, but now I am! Oct. 27 2012
By XbroknlegsX - Published on Amazon.com
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I was 50/50 with this band. After listening to the tracks on Myspace and talking to a few people I figured I would give them a chance. I've had the album for about a week now, it's def not bad but also doesn't blow me away. Pretty deep lyrics about stress and being upset which I'm sure a lot of people can relate to. The guitars are loud, but I keep finding myslf thinking the drums are pretty weak. Kind of basic beats. I guess I'm used to bands like The Flatliners or Dear Landlord that have faster/killer fills. I think if the drums were a little more to it, it'd give a little something extra to the music as the guitars are mostly just loud and straight forward.
I wouldn't write this band off though. They are solid and worth checking out.
UPDATE!
These dudes are now one of my top bands! I love them, took a while to grow on me but they rule! Their new album home is amazing! Check them out! I kept my orginal review above to show you shouldn't give up on a band right off the bat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is "Ugly Guy" Punk. June 23 2010
By Michael B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the other reviewer that this is probably their best stuff yet. And hopefully they'll get even better. I think they are one of the best punk bands around today. I really like the last song. The only not-so-great thing I can think of is the lyrics. They're all about being miserable, so it feels kind of one-trick. Still giving it 5 stars because I enjoy the whole thing, and the negative vibe is cathartic.

P.S. I saw them live once so far. They play REALLY loud.
5.0 out of 5 stars Every track solid Feb. 28 2014
By johno53 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album with no weak tracks. It's stronger than their follow up release 'Home'. Highly recommend this one. If you like this, check out 'On The Impossible Past', by The Menzingers.

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