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Simply The Best. Seriously, the best.

This is the best EP ever from one of the greatest songwriters/lyricists of our time: Tomas Kalnoky. You all might know him from Streetlight Manifesto or Catch 22's Keasbey Nights or maybe even his high school band, Gimp (who have an album you can find online). Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution (or BOTAR) are a collective organized by Kalnoky. His brother Achilles is present playing violin. BOTAR's sound is kind of a orchestral acousitc ska type thing. It has to be heard, and if you like any type of music the chances are you'll love this. So let's go through the tracks. Intro: This Is A Call To Arms is sort of an overture. It's well put together and uses some of the tunes from the next track: Here's to Live. Here's to Life is one of Kalnoky's masterpieces, and this is by far the best version. He rerecorded it on Streetlight's Everything Goes Numb, but this version tops it. It has a better chorus and a better bridge (a female vocalist) and is nothing short of amazing. Dear Sergio is a cover of a song from Keasbey Nights that Kalnoky also wrote. This is the first time that a bridge is added to the song (Streetlight added it when they did the remake of Keasbey). It's A Wonderful Life is a wonderful song about a soldier who ponders whether the war he fights is worth it. It is a moving song, lyrically and musically. I know it stirred my emotions. Finally, They Provide the Paint... is a pretty fantastic and cool song. With it's long title and quick singing, it's a good one to end the EP with. Very catchy. I guess that's about it. Honestly I listen to this EP every few days. It never get's old, and you will not regret buying this. BUYYYYY!!!!

The Most Amazing EP Ever!!!

One of my biggest problems with the music scene today is the lack of variety. It seems like every band is singing the same songs about depression and girls and poop and stuff like that using the same three power chords and the same whiny lyrics. Enter Tomas Kalnoky and crew. The Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution were a side project of Tomas' while he was in college and recorded only this 5 track EP compiled of 2 "covers" (they were songs he had already written with previous bands--even Here's To Life, which he had performed with Catch 22 a few times) and three originals. The sound of the band is %100 unique in today's music. Picture an orchestra with a punk rock singer playing a mixture of ska, punk, folk, and other world musics. Listening to the album is an experience, and despite having only five tracks, they never seem to grow old, and I can't see them ever losing their appeal in the future. Here's to hoping that Kalnoky will someday actually release the next BoTAR album, rumored to be called 99 Songs of Revolution.

Amazing Album, just overpriced

I absolutely LOVE BOTAR, even more than streetlight manifesto. But Just to let everyone know, iTunes is overcharging you. BOTAR put all of these songs to download for free on their website.

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