Record of the Week: CRACKBOX In Love Must Mean Stupid 7″

April 11th, 2011 by

This record is insanely good! It’s dirty, bleak, gross, and catchy, all rolled up in one gleaming four-song EP. This is another beautiful slice of the newly minted sub-genre of “crust-pop.” I know many of you will grimace at this seemingly awkward melding of worlds, ’cause they seem like oil and water. But in fact, this does rule. Generally, music like this comes out of kids once connected to the pop punk scene. But as you grow older you realize that life is shit, and it’s less about freedom and choice, and more about loss and grief. And that gets reflected in their message, but creating music is still a vehicle towards personal happiness, so the pop sensibilities at times find their way in. OK, so I don’t know the people in CRACKBOX at all. That description could be really fucking far from their reality, but that’s the atmosphere the music gives. And that’s the sense the vocals convey as they weave back and forth from guttural to soaring. At times, the singer sounds like a fucking monster—it rules. This record is highly recommended, especially if you’re into SNUGGLE, GLUE or FILTH. Destroy everything!

5 responses to “Record of the Week: CRACKBOX In Love Must Mean Stupid 7″”

12 04 2011
ryan (21:05:15) :

This band does fucking rule! They just played Grand Rapids Michigan with SNUGGLES, and it was one of the punkest shows in sometime. I did a review on check it out! CRACKBOX is what punk is all about!!!

21 04 2011
Tuna (13:34:17) :

I know these kids and they fucking rule

24 04 2011
killgore (22:37:22) :

u r a fag and they suck. ass . and much of it. i think it even says so on all of thier flyers. everyone they are on tour with has pubic lice. sorry i missed them in oly

26 04 2011
slopdoghouse (13:08:10) :

these dudes (and dudettes) do fucking rule. as for them playing “crusty pop” what the fuck ever. music is music as long as it has heart and this band/album has fucking hear its all gravy..and by the way i believe this publication has given this band a bad review before so way to redeem yourself!

3 05 2011
Pat Daly (12:06:50) :


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