Successful Attempts at Failure
(Sinister Muse Records)
by Karla Ash
While not as nihilistic as the first wave of punks that originated from England, Random55 certainly has the spirit of its ancestry. The influence seems to be mainly from the Southern California gang of Social Distortion, the Circle Jerks, and Bad Religion in the early '80s although there are traces of the Epitaph revolution of the mid-'90s here, too, from Rancid to Pennywise. What immediately distinguishes Random55 from their contemporaries is the absence of frat boy goofball lyrics. Like Bad Religion, Random55 are pretty serious punks although their songs seem quite personal. "I Don't Care" wallows in its pit of loneliness while "Nobody's Fool" kisses off its foes with an icy shoulder. Despite the heavy subject matter, Random55 cut each track to its bare essentials, screaming their points of view with exploding guitar shrapnel and supersonic drums.
More on Random55: www.random55.com / www.myspace.com/random55.