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Album Review

Big Drill Car's first full album, titled according to format á la Public Image Limited's 1985 release, is a quick (barely 24 minutes) blast of the catchy, fun pop/punk introduced on Small Block. While everyone does a fine job with the chunky tunes on display — nothing here will distress anyone who's loved such groups as Cheap Trick or, alternately, Green Day — Daly is pretty much the band's secret weapon. He's an emotive (but not emo) singer who avoids sounding either pointlessly macho on the one hand or unbearably wimpish on the other. Combined with his group's energetic rush, it makes for a good time all around. Guitarist Arnold knows his way around loud, hooky riffs; he throws in some soloing flash from time to time, but carefully avoids showing off in favor of keeping the song moving. "Diamond Earrings" shows off both Daly and Arnold's skills excellently, an inspiring chorus matched by the great feedback smash of the music. Those expecting new frontiers of music will not want to bother, but those who just want to kick out the jams and whistle while doing so will have a blast. Having All guitarist/labelmate Stephen Egerton helping on production duties makes perfect sense, but Big Drill Car are no clone, thankfully. Standouts include "No Need," with a killer chorus that lets Daly's abilities come to the fore, the unrestrained fun of "In Green Fields," and the concluding "About Us," cheekily quoting Patrick Swayze's miserable film vehicle Roadhouse. Rhythm section members Bob Thomson (bass) and Danny Marcroft (drums) keep up well with all the goings on, resulting in a good time listen one doesn't have to dig too deep into to love.

Customer Reviews

This album is crazy catchy!

The person above me should be called iamlameio because their review was horrible. If you are 14yrs old you probably havent lived enough to understand these songs but they are amazing, catchy and written from the heart. The songs are full of simple hooks and sensible choruses. And they ARENT about nothing! They are about life, love and simple stuff. (ps. Diamond earrings are so yesterday like the above review states but this album was redcorded and released 20 yrs ago! prob before you were even born!) I just saw this band last night with ALL and they sounded just like they did 20yrs ago. Perfect! No silly costumes, pyrotechnics, elaborate stage setup, just good music. They didnt miss a beat. If you like descendents, ALL or gameface then this album could be part of the soundtrack to your life or if nothing get you thru a breakup or help in finding songs to complete the perfect mixtape.

An all-time classic! *****

Boy, does this album bring back memories of a crush chrushed! The best band ever to come out of Costa Mesa, CA. Along the lines of Descendents/All, great poppy love songs that are fun to sing along too (as soon as you figure out the lyrics). Too bad these guys are not together anymore, but at least I got 'em on video.

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People, just buy this. The pop melodies will have you bopping your head and the lyrics will break your heart. Thank God these are now available on iTunes for everyone to enjoy. If you love the Descendents/All, then think of this band as their OC brothers.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Huntington Beach, CA, band Big Drill Car blended pop, heavy metal, and punk years before Offspring and Green Day made it fashionable. Big Drill Car were unsung heroes of the Southern California punk scene, carving arena rock hooks as sharp as Cheap Trick's but with more ragged edges. Formed by Frank Daly (vocals), Mark Arnold (guitar), Bob Thomson (bass), and Danny Marcroft (drums), Big Drill Car released its debut LP, CD Type Thing, in 1989. The album's title actually varied with each format...
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