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Something crazy just happened. I got a copy of Big City Bombers‘ new album Nowhere To Go and was completely taken back a couple of years. I’m going to be honest. I miss the music from my youth. We move on from a certain scene and our musical interests evolve but every now and then, a band comes along that that reminds us of why we loved that scene so much in the first place. Big City Bombers is one of those bands.
Formed in 2007 in Orlando, Florida, this 4-piece punk band plays a style of music that stays true to what this scene is all about. With a strong DIY ethic, the lyrical content is something that we can all relate to and it’s told in a manner that makes you listen. Whether it’s a catchy hook or the moving bass lines, you’re going to want to continue listening
This band does a good job of getting almost anyone to identify with what they have to say. Whether you’re punk or not, these songs are anthems of our youth, about a time when we thought we were able to take on the world. I’ve listened to Nowhere To Go all the way through many times – In my car, at a coffee shop, in the alleyway at school (I know, random) and I can definitely say that this album is one of the better ones I’ve heard this year. I never felt the need to click “next.” You can hear a couple of my adolescent-year influences on each track. From Rancid to Social Distortion to The Ramone’s and melody-wise, even some early-era The Ataris, they’re all there.
I want to highlight two songs off the CD that I could call my favorite: Where We Stand and Dope Days. Where We Stand starts off very Rancid-esque – I couldn’t help but be reminded of the song Brad Logan. Lyrically, the song is about having nothing and everything at the same time. “This is who we are, this is where we stand, I don’t expect you to understand, you can’t bring us down” is the declaration for all of us punk kids!
Dope Days is a fast song, it has fast drums and some pretty wicked bass parts. But it’s also one of the more serious songs on the album, lyrically. Clocking in at over just 2 minutes, the song is about losing those that are important to you. “I’d give my last cigarette just to see you again, where did we go wrong?” is asked introspectively, but it’s something very real.
This album and these guys deserve a listen if you’re into music with really catchy melodies. You always know where you stand with this band and you’re definitely never going to be disappointed. If you’re a fan of any of the bands that I listed, you’ll find this CD to be a ‘must-have.’ These guys keep it real and they’re worth keeping tabs on!