Volume 95, Issue 8

Thursday, September 13, 2001
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Disc of the Week

The Human Atom Bombs

Epitaph Records

In a time where unity is such an important concept, it's good to know there are individuals devoting their entire lives to making a difference, no matter how big or small.

Now picture this: four poor Swedish guys, a heap of great albums (including, arguably the fastest punk record ever made), a world tour on an Indie label and a strong Red-Communist message.

It was from these ingredients that Randy were born.

Since 1995, they've worked extremely hard to develop into one of the most successful political punk rock bands of all-time. They are now back and stronger than ever with the release of their fourth full-length album, The Human Atom Bombs.

Randy are known for having albums that vary greatly in both sound and structure. The band's first and second discs, There's No Way We're Gonna Fit In and The Rest Is Silence respectively, were both fast, hard and furious.

The band's third release sparked a significant musical change. You Can't Keep a Good Band Down saw a shift from fast punk anthems to more simplistic rock sing-a-longs. The shift seemed to be sparked by the band's relentless touring and undying love for live performances.

With this latest release, Randy have managed yet again to alter their techniques and diversify their set list. The Human Atom Bombs takes elements from all classic popular rock genres and infuses them with the common elements of garage pop-punk. The final product is incredibly original.

Perhaps the only stationary element remaining is the band's strong political views. In that respect, they have not changed a bit. Tracks like "Karl Marx And History" and "Proletarian Hop" stay true to form, as they contain a message of hope for a better life for all.

Like the band says, "A change will come eventually/So says Karl Marx and history."

Don't go fretting their Communist tendencies. These four guys are more interested in equality and human rights; they don't want to invade or conquer.

Their anti-corporate views are evident in the satirical song, "I Believe In The Company" where they sing: "The company got my freedom/They got my loyalty/The company was my first concern/Took all that used to be me/Gave up my inspiration/Too tired for such crap you see/I gave up my relation to my girl my family."

Other tracks, like "If We Unite" and "Freedom Song," keep the same message of equality and freedom, but instead, mixes this message with a more laid-back approach. Both tracks carry a more island feel with a slower pace and soothing harmonies.

From start to finish, this CD is a swift kick in the ass. It's a toe-tapping, head-thrashing, bopping and hopping good time.

Although Randy have now left their home on an Indie label and have instead joined forces with Burning Heart Records, they've shown the move up will not hinder their creative spirits.

–Dale Wyatt

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