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Album Review

Teenage Bottlerocket came to life following the dissolution of Laramie pop-punks the Lillingtons. And even though there are definite similarities between the two bands (Kody Templeman, for one thing, fronts both), Teenage Bottlerocket manages to carve itself out a distinct identity, mostly due to the variety created by the trade-off vocals of Templeman and bassist Ray Carlisle. The latter has a rough, somewhat slurred delivery that complements Templeman's higher, snider approach, and together they bring a lot of life and heart into straightforward, two-minute punk songs. Total is right up at the top with the best pop-punk out there nowadays overtly indebted to the Ramones, the quartet blasting through each song with an undeniable energy and a self-deprecating sense of humor that never lets up and never lets down. Whether they're singing about haplessly trying to land a date or later trying to simply lose the girl, Teenage Bottlerocket seem like those guys in high school who were just doing their own thing, happy with their friends and punk 7"s, and unconcerned with anything else. They may not tread any new ground, but it hardly matters here. Besides, how can anyone hate a record that includes such charming lines as "If you're cold I'll let you wear my Ramones sweatshirt/ If you fall I'm gonna make sure that you're not hurt/Won't you fall for me?" No really, the hooks in the song make it work splendidly. If you're still mourning the loss of the Lillingtons, there's no use crying because Teenage Bottlerocket is here to save the day. Catchy, genuinely cool, and full of plenty of wo-ohs, Total is some of the most fun to be had all year.

Customer Reviews


Ok, I first heard of these guys when I saw them in June with The Epoxies/Phenomenauts, and they blew me away. The songs are songs that are easy to sing along with, and you can 'get down' to it like I have many times. And none of that 'advanced' punk rock with deep underlying meanings and jazzy chord progressions (not that there's anything wrong with that kind of punk). Just punk, the way it should be. Totally recommended, and buy the whole album. If you think the songs are too repetive, listen to it in halves or something, cause all tracks are awesome.

Not Worth Downloading the Whole Thing

The only songs really worth owning on this album would be "So Cool," "Stupid Games," "Lost In Space," "Blood Bath at Burger King," "Repeat Offender," and "So Far Away." But even when its all said and done, "Total" is just your average attempt at the brand of pop-punk that bands like Screeching Weasel, The Queers, the Lillingtons, and the Methadones have already mastered.

The Radness

This is the best pop-punk record I've heard in a long time. It is the best summer album since Athem for a New Tomorrow (in my opinion - and that's the only one that matters). Teenage Bottlerocket achieves near perfection of the Ramones-core genre with this record. Speedy catchy songs, great simple hooky guitar lines and choruses that won't ever leave your head. Features members of the Homeless Wonders and the Lillingtons and their solid playing on a solid bunch of vinyl, CD, or bytes and bits.


Formed: Laramie, WY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Following the dissolution of Laramie, WY, pop-punks the Lillingtons, vocalist/guitarist Kody Templeman was hardly done with music, moving on to form the similarly minded Teenage Bottlerocket, another group of rambunctious, Ramones and Screeching Weasel-loving punks. Templeman was joined by guitarist Joel Pattinson and identical twin brothers Ray (vocals/bass) and Brandon Carlisle (drums). Recording over at Fort Collins' the Blasting Room, the guys released their debut full-length, Total, in March...
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