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FREEDOM UNDER X-RAY-
American Damage (Site)
It’s weird- a lot of times when Denis drops off a batch of CDs for me to
review, the one that looks the least appealing to me ends up being the one
I like best. It’s happened
with Diesel Boy, Ambition Mission, Against Me and Madcap to name a few.
The cover of American Damage didn’t
do a helluva lot for me, and when I looked at their press sheet, the photo
of these silly cunts trying to look like hard cases actually made me
laugh. I thought maybe it was
a joke, but then when they listed their band equipment along with their
name and what they played, it seemed like these fuckers really might be
taking themselves a bit too seriously.
So I thought, “Perfect! Against
all odds I bet I’ll love this.” Wrong.
These 11 cuts make me think that Freedom Under X-Ray (or FUX as
they sometimes refer to themselves) were following a whole host of cliches
they figured would make them rock stars.
Tired riffs, some hackneyed lyrics (to be fair, not all the words
are like this, but enough are to get on my tits), and a liberal dose of
‘80s hair metal sensibilities all made me wince.
Still, there was something about the enthusiasm underneath it all
that was sort of endearing. Then
I heard their cringe-inducing, damnable cover of The Living End’s
excellent “Prisoner of Society” (and a big boo to ‘em for not even
crediting The Living End as the original songwriters).
They completely managed to suck all the vibrancy out of it AND
cheese it up with highly unnecessary screaming guitar leads.
What a fuckin’ trainwreck. The
last 2 songs, “Don’t Tell Me” and “Freedom,” had good energy and
really were all right, but by this time, it was way too little too late.