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Album Review

Gatsbys American Dream are pissed — not at their ex-girlfriends, not at Mom and Dad, not at the government. For their self-titled fourth album, they've got a giant bone to pick with the music industry. OK, it's not like this idea hasn't been explored before, but seriously, 11 tracks later and it's a marvel GAD still want to play their instruments. Not only do they stick a giant middle finger to the players behind the scene — labels, radio execs, promoters who screw them out of show guarantees — but the Seattle troupe also hardly spares the feelings of the general punk/indie rock scene they spawned from. They've created a sort of cautionary and cynical music seminar for that random kid buying a T-shirt at a gig or that band just starting out with big plans for itself. Opening with a drained "I'm not mad, I'm just tired," singer Nic Newsham goes on to proclaim "I know you really want to believe/You really want to but it's so much easier to look the same and sound the same to play the game." And the guys just get more overtly sarcastic and acerbic from there. The layers of jerking guitars and tight rhythms, which scoff at usual song structures and have become their signature dynamic, are confident and charismatic. Erratic tempo changes drive the dark wall of sound that supports crashing, often mocking, piano and gang-like backing vocals. However, it's almost surprising how engaging and enjoyable the music remains, since lyrically there is overwhelming disillusionment, jadedness, and defiance. Gatsbys American Dream are obviously not so disenchanted yet — trying to stay true to their music while watching that they don't cross someone who could later complicate career opportunities — as to not care about their songs. Since really, they've created one of the best indie releases of 2006. And despite the cutting criticism, this album will likely not convince any kid to really shelve dreams of rock stardom. But it might delay the endeavor, as those kids might be rocking out a bit too hard to these stellar tracks in their bedrooms to remember to go to their band practice.

Customer Reviews

GAD can do no wrong

So after hearing Station 5: The Pearl for the first time, I was unsure of whether GAD's third full-length would continue their genius arrangements and striking sonic shifts that personified all of their releases. However, upon its release, I found out that that song is one of the more straightforward tracks and (in a very good way) my least favorite on the album. The likeability of that song is testament to how amazing the other 10 tracks are. It is honestly very difficult to pick standouts, but my favorite would have to be You All Everybody, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Margaritas and C***, Me and Ed Loyce, and the White Mountains. That's nearly half the CD right there, and those are just my most favorite. Do yourself a favor. Take a step away from the juvenile lyricism that is plaguing so many new bands today and take a chance on what may be the greatest progressive pop band of the decade. Oh yeah, and remember to catapult a big middle finger to the "industry." You won't see these Seattle boys on TRL any time soon.

From the depths of KATRINA, this album is Classic Gatsby with a taste of the future sounds of GAD!

So, this album is solid, but takes a little time to get acquainted with it! If you listen to the beginning of some of the tracks you might be discouraged to skip the track or make generalizations that it sounds just like Why We Fight or other GAD albums, it happened to me. So, the meat of the songs it what sets it apart from other GAD albums. Key tracks are You All Everybody, We Can Remember It For You Whole..., and Badd Beat! I persuade you to buy it if you like GAD or aspects of GAD's musicianship, otherwise try Cassie's new album, that cd is !HOT! SAVE NOLA!

This is how music should be

This album, like all other Gatsbys American Dream albums, exhibits a progression, intelligence, and complete mastery of musicianship that it astounds me. First of all, these guys are incredibly intelligent, and if you can catch half there literary and pop culture references, your doing pretty good. There musicianship is unparalleled, mixing harmonies and melodies and changing rhythyms (sp?) that most bands couldnt come up with if they had all the time in the world. This cd is what progression, growth, and punk songwriting should sound like. A+ buy this album now


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Punk rock fans Bobby Darling and Nic Newsham weaned themselves on melodic punk revivalists like Lagwagon and Propagandhi until they decided to start a band together. Drafting bassist Kirk Huffman and drummer Dustin McGhie, the band christened themselves Gatsbys American Dream and attempted to start a rock band. Teaming with producer Aaron Sprinkle, the group recorded Why We Fight in the spring of 2002 for a summer release on Rocketstar. Next progressing past simply playing fast punk, GAD returned...
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