The Dead Pets Too Little Too Late &
The Revenge of the Village Idiots
By Marcus Pan
Re-released on 10 Past 10 records, The Dead
Pets underground psycho ska of Too Little Too Late and The
Revenge of the Village Idiots make for a good, heavy, stroppy Dropkick
Murphys brass laced punk sound. Relentless touring in both the states and
UK have lead the Dead Pets to a crossroads where they are trying to figure out
where to release their upcoming 2006 album, produced by Mighty Mighty
Bosstones Joe Gittleman.
Too Little Too Late is the rawest of the two, with a
bit of ranting, play acting and roleplay. Cloning Sheltered Religious
Ignorant Doorknockers for example opens with a Suicidal Tendencies
(ala Send Me Your Money) roleplay by a crooked priest before
ruthlessly wrecking the constraints of modern televangelism. King Alfred
meanwhile is pure skanking fun with brass lace on a kilt of steel.
Tokyo Crush has an anthema like sound at times
The Dead Pets can remind you of the Bosstones (Ska-Core era), Rancid and
most certainly the Dropkick Murphys. The closing Keep Trying is a great
track with a folk style with great flutes. There are a lot of convo-breaks
through Too Little Too Late also to break things up a bit, adding a
The Revenge of the Village
Idiots doesnt have as many breaks like that, being maybe a tad more
serious. It kicks heavy and hard with Problem Child, very old skool
punk. If it Sells it Sells is probably one of my favorites with its fast
paced bass line and lyrics about media propaganda.
The last few of the album are my favorites from the Dead
Pets. Headbanging, The Revenge of the Village Idiots and Were
Coming Back are hardcore punk anthems for all the Oi boys in the crowd.
Lock, step and gone!
I really dug The Dead Pets. Ill actually keep both
albums for my personal collection and Ive put in a request to interview
the band as well for a future issue. Im looking forward to their 2006
release produced by Bosstones player Gittleman. The Dead Pets keep it real and
raw without succumbing to the overexposure of ska that killed the scene when
folks like Reel Big Fish showed up.
Post: PO Box 555, Stn. P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2T1, Canada
Phone: (416) 516-0514
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