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Smoke Or Fire

This Sinking Ship

Fat Wreck Chords 717

Released on February 20, 2007


The release of This Sinking Ship marks SMOKE OR FIRE's second full length on FAT. Just before recording was set to commence, the band's long-time drummer Nick was forced to bow out due to a family emergency. The band was lucky enough to bring aboard Dave Atchison (From Ashes Rise) for the recording and as the band's new drummer. As is evidenced by the final product, the chemistry amongst this lineup was immediate and intense. Taking just a moment amidst seemingly non-stop touring in September and October of '06, the band camped out at Atlas Studios in Chicago. With Engineer/Producer Matt Allison at the helm, the band constructed a truly cohesive album of their best material to date. This Sinking Ship as a work tells the story of a band forever on tour, countless drunken nights, strained relationships, doubtful futures, and the endless march on to the next town.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 5 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 What Separates Us All Voted #3  12%
2 The Patty Hearst Syndrome Voted #1  23%
3 Melatonin Voted #2  17%
4 This Sinking Ship  5%
5 Irish Handcuffs  7%
6 Little Bohemia  10%
7 I'll Be Gone  8%
8 Shine  3%
9 Breadwinner  3%
10 Life Imitating Art  1%
11 Cars  7%
12 Folding The Pages  3%
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Gino from San Luis Obispo, CA 
Oct 6 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Above the city was one of my favorite discs to come out in the past few years so this took a few listens to grow on me. New drummer rips and Joe's vocals are among my favorite of any punk singer. Songs are better, and longer. Cheers.

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Matt from Melbourne, Australia 
Apr 25 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Smoke or fire are just a fucking solid band. It hard to pick flaws in these guys if u like most punk shit. i highly rate this cd. Dunno if its as good as above the city, but still wicked.

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Trevor from Bloomington, MN 
Mar 11 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

man, at first, it wasnt that good. but after a while, it started to grow on me, and man, this shit fucking rips. get this, its soo pasionate, its amazing. i love joes vocaLs, i love the guitars, just overall a great cd, get it, but you have to listen to it a few times to like it, at least for me

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Matt from Pittsburgh, PA 
Feb 27 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars

I'm really torn on this. I wasn't a huge fan of Above the City because I thought it was a tad bland. Some of it I really really liked, but as a whole I thought it was a teeny bit lacking. I was sure that this record will find Smoke or Fire matured and fine tuned to perfection. Not so. Most of the record is really good, but there are at least three tracks that are so goddamn generic they're tough to get through. Some of the stuff on here is lyrically really controversial for a punk band, in a good way. Songs such as Patty Hearst and Folding the Pages are awesome, if only the whole record could have maintained that high mark...Still, this record is much better than any of that Fearless/Victory garbage. Just saying.

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Max from Orono, ME 
Feb 22 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Awsome. It gets better every time I listen to it. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. It's a lot more solid and consistent than "Above the City," and longer than anything else they've put out before that. The songs average around 3 minutes, whereas with "Above the City" they were pretty short. I like it just as much, if not more than the old Jericho stuff, plus there's the added bonus of an old favorite, "Little Bohemia." Definitely worth the money...probably even worth the money to buy multiple copies. Whether you're an old Jericho fan, a Smoke or Fire fan, or just getting into them, this album reeks of the sweet smell of successful progress.

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