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October 18, 2004

No Choice…but to question.

Writing about web page http://www.thenewestindustry.com

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5 out of 5 stars

THE ESSENTIAL PUNK ALBUM! Cardiff veterans No Choice release their first album in over 5 years on Cardiff's Newest Industry record label…[run from Monk Dave's basement in his house] inkeeping with the DIY ethic of Punk Rock.

To describe No Choice I don't know where to begin…I suppose you could compare them to Strike Anywhere and Trial By Fire but there is much more melody in No Choice's tunes and the amazing rumbling yet melodic bass lines means you can't listen to them sitting down. There is very much a political hardline message throughout the album, the first thing you hear is George W. Bush saying "nobody likes war in America, we're a peaceful nation, nobody wants there to be war"
I've had the pleasure of opening for these guys with my band a few times and my guitarist Mowgli had the pleasure of touring the US with them as their guitarist, Ada had other commitments he couldn't leave. The tour was with legends within the field of Against Me!, Planes Mistaken for Stars and many more. No Choice have also released a 7" split with the female fronted Canadian melodic punks Fifth Hour Hero with 2 new and slightly different tracks…worth a buy for sure.

Go and buy it at Newest Industry


October 13, 2004

Wakey Wakey…Elliott Smith's here

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5 out of 5 stars

OH HE'S GOOD!!! He's been waking me up every morning with this corker of an album…the lovely acoustic intro in 'son of Sam' is perfect for a nice gentle wake up, and keeps you interested enough so you don't fall back asleep. My favourite track is number 4 -Everything Reminds Me of Her, brilliant…just brilliant.

Undoubtedly one of the obvious songwriting talents of the modern era, his combintion of instruments and his husky yet melodic vocals combine an interesting blend of everything I like about music. He's the reason I picked up a guitar and his untimely suicide earlier this year was tragic.

Check him out.


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