Effigy - "We Gave It A Try"
Finally, punk rock... I love punk, and We Gave It A Try is a wonderful
addtion to the local punk scene. Put it next to your old Bubble Boys
CD, Main Street Saints 7-inches, and Mortal Micronotz albums, kids.
Yep, this is one album worth looking for.
Filled with loud guitars and drums, We
Gave It A Try is a great effort from these Topeka
high-schoolers. This is a very diverse album, at least in song subjects
if not sound. “Going Postal” is incredibly un-PC, as it’s basically a
song about taking a gun to school and blowing away all the people
who’ve messed with you. In the wake of the Littleton shootings, it's
even more taboo. Funny though, if you’re into sick and twisted humor
(as I am). “Chris F.” is a tribute to the late, great Chris Farley.
Amazingly, it’s a pretty touching song.
The album’s primary fault lies in the fact that while the album is fun
and enjoyable, all the songs tend to run together. There’s not a whole
lot of tempo changes - for the most part, the songs just start out loud
and barrel through to the end. There are a few exceptions, like the
nifty bass intro to “Ripoff”, which sounds really great, for instance.
The other knock I have against this album is “Hey K.W.S.” The song
title, sans acronym, is “Hey Kids We Suck.” I’m just not that big of a
fan of the whole self-deprecation thing. Just doesn’t work for me
really. It stands to reason that if you went to the trouble of getting
a CD out and have any following at all (which they do), then some
people must think you’re pretty decent. Sarcasm is one thing... but I
can blatently say that these kids don't suck.
Other than those two issues, We Gave
It A Try is a very solid premier effort that promises great
things in the future from this three-piece.