Iâ€™ve reviewed The Crumbs once before. That album I wasnâ€™t the biggest fan of, but that was The Crumbs 2003-2004, and this is the Crumbs 1993-2002, and I donâ€™t feel that a blanket statement would do much to describe what clearly is a different phase for this long-lasting band. Iâ€™m shocked, I hear melody, and a style of punk that is a mixture of Rancid and The Ramones come out of the first track, â€œDothan, Pill City, USAâ€, with the perfect pseudo-psychobilly guitar to top that off. While there is no indicator at what period each of the tracks originated, each of the first tracks are from the same mold, with bass blazing just as Rafâ€™s sandy-throated set of vocals strafe the high end of things. The recordings on â€œHold That Shit Rightâ€ are wildly different from each other, understandable as finances would fluctuate, but on a track like â€œI Think I Got The Bluesâ€, the power of The Crumbs is hindered by a compressed recording.
Each track on â€œHold That Shit Rightâ€ is a pure punk assault, each track immediately sing-able after the first listen, and without anything in the way of deadwood on this CD, â€œHold That Shit Rightâ€ may just be preferable to one of The Crumbs new CDs or even a â€œgreatest hitsâ€ collection. The CD blasts through the eighteen tracks all too quickly, with songs like â€œSheilaâ€ tripping headlong into the grey area that no punk ever intends to tread â€“ it is actually a danceable track! Simply put, â€œLast Exitâ€ is not a good indicator of the sheer punk rock force that The Crumbs were for over a decade â€“ Hold is that one in a thousand album that has nary a weak spot, typically spot-on recording, and a band that is solid musically and catchy aurally.
It is rare when a band so completely straddles the line between credibility and popularity of sound. Screeching Weasel was able to do that with â€œBoogaâ€¦â€, Green Day with â€œ1039â€, and Bad Religion with â€œSufferâ€. Green Day and Bad Religion had fell into hard times mere years later with â€œNimrodâ€ and â€œNo Substanceâ€ respectively, and I believe â€œLast Exitâ€ is another album to adequately compare. However, Bad Religion has been able to redeem themselves, and hearing â€œHold That Shit Rightâ€, I have total faith that The Crumbs can retake the mantle which they lost. Pick this up, if you can find it.
Top Tracks: Sheila, Communist Radio
The Crumbs â€“ Hold that Shit Right / 2002 Recess / 18 Tracks / http://www.recessrecords.com / Reviewed 05 August 2004