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Jericho RVA

Worker's Union

(Smoke Or Fire)

Iodine 12

Released on September 23, 2003


Screw the term "post hardcore" that music critiques nowadays use as an easy way out of describing a band’s real sound. And let's begin with Jericho. “A rock band with ethics” more accurately describes them. Jericho conjures up the feeling and realness of the great Dischord Records bands of the-mid to late 80's.

Their socially charged lyrics and creatively worded personal songs hit home to many listeners. Backed by catchy yet hard hitting dueling guitars, painfully tight time changes and spot on rhythm section, hook filled and emotionally raw vocals can dig deep into ones soul. Jericho sites bands like Hot Water Music, AVAIL, Against Me, Jawbreaker, Kid Dynamite and Strike Anywhere as mentors, friends and inspiration.

“Workers Union” is an honest and amazing debut release that hooks its listeners immediately with its painfully catchy punk anthems that will have everyone screaming along.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 9 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Sunday Pints  13%
2 Beauty Fades Voted #1  17%
3 Fifty Cent Hearts Voted #2  17%
4 Second Wind Voted #3  17%
5 Running In Circles  7%
6 They All Go To California  13%
7 Oxygen  17%
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Jesse from Lacombe, AB Canada 
Nov 16 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This CD sounds like a grittyer, more melodic Smoke or Fire. Some of the songs get kind of repetitive, such as the end of 50 cent hearts, but overall this is a good EP for fans of SoF. I would suggest getting Above The City first if you are new to them. 3.5 stars

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Marilyn from Portland, OR 
Sep 28 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is not as good as the Smoke or Fire albums, but it is still worth buying. If you like Smoke or Fire, then you will definitely like this.

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Lindsey from Perth, Australia 
Feb 26 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I'm a huge smoke or fire fan. The first album i bought of theirs was Above the City. I loved California burning, Filter, and Southpaw, but the other songs didn't have that same energy. Then i bought This Sinking Ship, a great record which had more of that folk punk type style. I then decided to buy their first album as Jericho RVA, not really knowing what to expect. But this 7track album has become one of my favourite albums. It's one that i can just sit and listen to the whole CD without touching the skip button. It's great!

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Matt from Melbourne, Australia 
Mar 1 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

i gota say i was surprised as to how different this was to the current smoke or fire stuff they are playing now, but still its a nice little sample of some pretty rad music.. get it guys n gals

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Jeffrey from Orange Park, FL 
Dec 29 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Smoke or Fire's first release when they were called Jericho RVA. I love Joe's voice and the riff's are rad. Just a really good heartfelt punk rock cd! They come from Richmond, VA so you know its good.

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Erica from Basehor, KS 
May 18 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

If you love Smoke or Fire, then I suggest you get this. It sounds exactly like Smoke or Fire, probably because it is Smoke or Fire, just with another name. It's politically charger lyrics are both creative and fun to listen to. Definately pick it up if you get a chance

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Brian from Yosemite, CA 
Nov 30 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Hot Cakes...Sugar tits? Band? I think Mr. P. J. Slonskis has a point. Aside from the fact that you can use his initials (PJS) to form an acronym for Peanut-Butter and Jelly Sandwitches...I too love this band so fucking much. This is smoke, or is it fire, not that that should mean anything to anyone else. Just that one is the effect of resistance, and the other is the means by which to cause it. At any rate this CD will effecively generate both smoke and fire. Pop it in your CD player and walk into any church, at it will burst into flames, and Reverend Lovejoy will scream "WORSHIP THIS, and JERICHO THAT" before his entire congregation is reduced to smoke and ashes. Walk into any Punk club listening to this, and prepare to be chastised and exiled in the name of a persistant desire to keep things ignorant and emotionless. This should be a CD for everyone, but it isnt. This is a CD for anyone who refuses to call themselves "Punk" because of the shame given to that name by everyone else who insists on using it. (i.e. Rancid, Dropkick Murphies, Everyone at the Leftover Crack show in Stockton, CA in Oct. 2005, including LOC, but excluding the Stockyard Stoics). Buy this if your sick of everything else, or if your a member of the Teamster's Local 386 and have Union tatoos and shit.

Oh, and Paul (see below)...It's been too long since we had a day together in Chicago, Next February perhaps? See you at the Taco Bell in Chicago Ridge, but first we need to tape "The Fantum Meniss" on the cups we steal from Cinnabon customers to more readily recieve free re-fills.

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Paul from Oak Lawn, IL 
Nov 9 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I love this fucking band... so much. Goddamn. Hot cakes. Sugar tits. I love this fucking band... so much.

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Aaron from Mesa, AZ 
May 2 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

yep, these guys are good. they sound like the pissed off three headed monster offspring of avail, hot water music and the get up kids. it's no frills working man punk rock. abrasive and catchy and rockin', the songs are simple and will get stuck in your head for days. their new one under the new smoke or fire moniker is great too.

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