Kill Lincoln: A Li’l Something to Shake You Up

Kill Lincoln: A Li’l Something to Shake You Up

Adriana SaboTuesday,10 March 2015

As I browse the internet for new and interesting music, in the corner of my eye, I see the words Kill Lincoln. “OK, I’ll bite,” says the back of my head, “their cover seems interesting,” and I find myself listening to the album titled Good Riddance to Good Advice.  Strong beat, good riffs, saxophone, that’s what I hear. Good vibes, great energy. Nice. So, let’s get to it.

Kill Lincoln is, as I learn, a band from Washington D.C. (hence the name, maybe?). They play something that they themselves describe as ska punk, with just a touch of hardcore here and there. The somewhat angry men behind the name–seriously, is it just a provocation, or do you have a greater point?–are Mike Sosinski (guitar, vocals),  Marty MacAlister (bass, vocals), Hank Hotez (trombone), Tyler Rodgers (drums), Alan Moore (trombone), Food (saxophone), Drew Skibitsky (hype). They follow in the footsteps of Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines and We Are The Union and are a band that “blends no-bullshit ska-punk with addictive rock anthems, throwing in the energy of a basement hardcore show for good measure. Their recklessly fun punk ethics collide with quality musicianship, sounding like the bastard son of Kid Dynamite and Streetlight Manifesto.” Modest too. Yet, that is indeed what they do.

Rock/punk riffs, ska melodies–with the irreplaceable saxophone and trombones–and hardcore energy: this is how I can best describe Kill Lincoln’s Good Riddance to Good Advice. Their sound is raw and aggressive and these guys obviously aim at sounding as manly, manly men. A lot of testosterone seems to be floating around. But hey, tastes vary.

So, Good Riddance to Good Advice starts with an instrumental titled, “Ronald… Help me” (Ronald, who?). The track is full of sound, vibrant, with fantastic energy to set the mood of the whole album. Catches your interest immediately, which is kinda the point of the opening track.

It is followed by “Good Riddance to Good Advice” that continues in the same manner, so at this point, you basically know that this is how the entire album will go. Great. But then, the instruments are joined by the vocals and something seems off, like they don’t really fit. Almost reaching falsetto at some points (not really, but it sounds like it sometimes), the vocals are just too screechy for my taste. Still, that is definitely not enough to change my mind or ruin the great impression.

Now the third track could do without the good ol’ voice+guitar at the beginning. The rest of “Days I Spent Inside” really picks up the pace. “Fire Starter” is a true hardcore refreshment, comes as a bit of a shock, but fits in perfectly. Especially when the sax and trombones join the mix. The final two tracks bring us right back to where we started, thus making a full circle.

Good Riddance to Good Advice is, thus, an album that I would most definitely recommend to all. Oh, and how many men does it need to make fantastic punk-ska?

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