Shook Ones - Facetious Folly Feat
Even their press materials acknowledge the debt the Seattle-based Shook Ones owe to hardcore legends Kid Dynamite. By taking Minor Threat's basic blueprint and adding a hefty pinch of outight tunefulness, KD brought an element of fun back into the scene. Their second album - Shorter, Faster, Louder - remains a classic of the genre.
Where Shook Ones disappoint is in the lack of melody. All the other elements are in place: the machine gun drumming, the blistering stop-start guitar riffs, even vocalist Scott (no surname) does a great job of apeing KD's Jason Shevchuck. But there are none of that band's yell along choruses, no hooks that stick in the mind after the album has finished. Without them, I can't see Facetious ... being an album listeners will want to return to with any regularity.
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