I have told you about my love of Shovels & Rope here, here, here, here, and here. I love that band and I think both members are just incredible. So, I was very excited when I saw that this album from one of Michael Trent’s former bands had finally got a vinyl pressing.
This record is an exclusive release from VNYL and I was afraid that I would not be able to buy it, but thankfully someone posted it for sale on Discogs. I know I could sign up for VNYL but, for some reason, I struggle to be comfortable with these vinyl subscription services. I have reservations about signing up to have someone blindly send me records. When I purchase a record on a whim I only have myself to blame if I don’t like the sound of it and I prefer it that way.
Don’t Dance Rattlesnake is not the height of musical art; it is not full of genius lyrics, amazing instrumentation, or groundbreaking techniques. This is simply a fun and lighthearted pop-punk record.
The entire record, up until the end, is the type of uptempo rock that Hot Topic girls jump up and down, pump their fingerless fishnet gloved hands in the air, and sing along to. Don’t Dance Rattlesnake is bouncy beats, distorted vocals, and that angsty teenager guitar sound. The record ends on what those Hot Topic girls would say is one of the deepest and most meaningful ballads they have ever heard…at least, that’s my guess.
This album sounds like most everything else in the emo-pop-punk world. It has touches of Green Day, lots of Butch Walker, and dashes of The All-American Rejects. None of these things are necessarily negative, they just make the music where it is not unique in any way; it gets lost in the crowd of similar bands.
The world is full of fun music from forgettable bands that only a select few people remember and love. Don’t Dance Rattlesnake is definitely one of those types of records.
I like owning this album because I love seeing the evolution of one of my favorite artists.
My favorite track: Being Bored