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01. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. (Intro Skit)
02. You Gonna Buy the Beers or the Whole Damn Bar
03. I Don't Mean to Impose, But I Am the Ocean
04. Go Greyhound
05. Top English (Midget Pool Skit)
06. Electric Boogaloo
07. Crunchy Black Did Me in at Midnight Madness
08. Mad Max Beyond Superdome
09. Carroll 14 Wossman 7
10. Nobody Eats BBQ Two Days in a Row
11. Shot of Whiskey (Beginning of the End Barfight Skit)
12. Rollin' and Tumblin' on Satan's Rotisserie
13. Louisiana Dive Bar Massacre (Sawin' Bones and Chuggin' Brew Outro Skit)
I'm sorry, but I love mosh. I always have, and from the looks of things, I always will; the desensitization that has happened for so many does not appear to be happening to me. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loath this current nu-mosh craze, with bands like Beneath the Sky exploiting and essentially raping the triplet so as to get kids “fucking moving,” but nothing beats an exceptionally-crafted junjun part. The kind that lets you relax for a moment, soothing the brain and the discontented, Hardcore-posturing soul.
Which is why I, like many others, immediately latched onto The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, perhaps one of the quirkiest (and yes, I am going to say it, heaviest) mosh-based hardcore/metal bands out there. When that EP (and subsequent full-length) came out, I was blown away; here we had a band that could writer killer songs that weren't dumbed down and cookie-cutter but still could get our windmills working. They'd throw in West Coast rap breaks, stupid rock riffs, and then bring the heavy with a ferocity I hadn't seen in a long time. It seemed too good to be true.
And it was, to a degree.
I'm not saying this new record isn't good; it really is. What I'm saying is the novelty is gone. Tony Danza is on Black Market Activities now. They're touring with the Acacia Strain. Because they've been given a good label and a fighting chance, they are trying, to a degree, to stake their claim as a viable commodity in Hardcore today (reflected by the intended intensity and more-serious tone of this record). And ultimately, that's fine. The grooves are still there. This thing is heavy as shit, and the crowds are definitely still guaranteed to get out of hand. And it's not as if they're trying to be deathly serious either, with skits such as the first track "T.R.O.U.B.L.E." letting us know these boys are still about havin' a good time.
You pretty much know what's up the second you put the disc in. Tons of chaotic riffs taken from the Ion Dissonance/Calculating Infinity school, heavy, pulsating rhythms, constant (if somewhat monotone) screaming vocals that manage to keep a personality, and ridiculous breakdowns. Not to mention the song titles, which are even funnier (if not dumber) this time around. For those who were wondering about their new drummer, this new guy fits into the fold perfectly, carrying this monstrosity on a tastefully-done backbone.
What is odd about this record is that there are some really memorable parts on here that don't have to do with the almighty mosh (see the beginning of "I Don't Mean to Impose, But I Am the Ocean" or "The Electric Boogaloo"). On par with what reviewer Rob Mcfeters said of the last record, they are still utilizing all of the fret board on their guitars, and beautifully at that. Their high-to-low work is totally on point, and they've written some of the more entertaining riffs I've heard this year. The vocals are still scathing as ever and in fact even more so (scope the gutturals on "Go Greyhound"). Everything is clearer and more defined, which gives the music an air of actually being music, not just a wall of shittily-produced metalcore from an anonymous Southern band that mysteriously came out of the woodwork.
Well, ok, is that really a problem No, I guess not... However, be prepared to have to start taking this band seriously. I know all you good little cynics never did, but really -- this band is trying their damndest to not fall into the fray of bands whose stories consist of "Man, they put out that one EP and the shit was slammin but then they dropped off and started sucking." I like and appreciate that this is happening, but it's a different story from here on out. It sounds as though I'm bemoaning their good fortune, but I am not. I just don't yet know how to take The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza as anything more than that band you've got on your iPod that makes people grin and yell, "Ooooh!" They're gonna have a career now, and part of their past charm was that they did not.
Bottom Line: Black Market Activities picked up an asset with this one, no doubt. You all know who this band is, and you have your opinions formulated. If you bought into it the first time around, you'll care, and maybe you'll be disappointed because it's not as ridiculous and novel...maybe you won't. In fact, you shouldn't. Check this record out, it really is pretty good. But just remember, Tony Danza is now a band, not just a mosh. Take that as you will.
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