Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Midgetmen
Midgets are big on punk rock

Midgetmen
Pool Party Emergency
Independent



Rundown: Austin, Texas has a reputation as a city with one of the best live music scenes in the world, and the Midgetmen are one of the many bands striving to be heard in this lively scene. Their sound is firmly rooted in the punk rock tradition of bands like Rancid, and the album reflects the band's independent renegade mentality as it was written, produced, recorded and distributed entirely by the band members themselves.

Key Tracks: The Midgetmen proudly proclaim their love for punk rock throughout this album. Sharp, fast guitars are coupled with driving bass lines and I-don't-give-a-fuck vocals. The lyrics on songs such as "True Friend" are surprisingly sunny in comparison to the darker music. Tracks such as "Optimistic" are, well, optimistic – but without being schmaltzy or overly sentimental.

Sounds Like: The Midgetmen's debut may display great musical promise by way of music and lyrics, but their vocalist is no Joe Strummer (The Clash). According to the liner notes, his name is Current.Singer, which hopefully means that he'll soon be replaced by a new one. If you are looking for midget porn, surf to midgetmen.com, but if you want to pick up this great punk rock album visit www.themidgetmen.com.

–Maggie Wrobel

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