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Stray Bullets

Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune...

Fork In Hand 24

Released on June 15, 2004

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There are hundreds of ways to express the word "amazing." Miraculous, astonishing, and absolutely fucking mental are a few examples, but "Stray Bullets" is the simplest synonym for this word that means to inspire awe or admiration. Everything about the band, from their name to their look to their attitude, describes them perfectly. Like a shot blasting from the barrel of a gun Stray Bullets will pierce their victims skin and chain their life forever. The Lyrical content Jon Cauztic drops speaks of the hardships and misfortunes of a working class life and his distaste for the expectations society has on the individual. One glance at the Bullets tells that they are as punk as they sound matching the rough edge of their aggravated upbeats and blasting drums with leather jackets and steel toes. Stray Bullets live outside the bounds of normal society. They wont follow the rules; they wont believe what they're told and their music hits as hard as the spray from a semi-automatic machine gun. With their first full-length record Stray Bullets nailed every song as if it were hammered into the audience's mind. This quartet combines the intense rhythm section of Drew Roach's thunderous drumming and Andy Peltz's hooky punk and reggae bass lines; Add Power Geoff's melodic guitar leads and singer songwriter Jon Cauztic's captivating lyrics, blend of skank guitar upbeats and power chords complete the group. With influences such as Rancid, Operation Ivy, the Suicide Machines and even a little Sublime, Stray Bullets grind out aggressive punk rock and ska like a handful of amphetamines and drill it into the hearts and minds of their audience. The record opens up with "PC1" which can be summed up by the first line "She's California dreaming now that common sense has failed." A story of a girl's dreams and the hurt feelings the storyteller goes through over her decision to move to the promise land California. "PC1" is followed by "70," a song about the struggle to live out your dreams, and the choice to go broke or give up. Cauztic's introspective look at life is very sincere, "another week another year, what am I still doing here, tunnel vision never clear, is this progress…I have no regrets now cause when I find the sound all doubts are disavowed; I'll step out of that cloud and turn this shit around." Other highlights on the record include "Eyesore" which begins with dual guitar and bass grooves on top of drums that almost swagger and push the music along. When Caustic throws his chords and the pseudo-hip hop delivery of his verses the listener can't help but be locked in. Stray Bullets kick you in the teeth with their powerful chorus, "You know the cost of living will keep rising while the chance of finding work keeps going down; dark clouds now block what were once clear horizons, and its my broken hands that build this filthy town." "America" touches on the way the US corporations and the government operate, the results of such careless endeavors, and Caustic's distrust of their values and ethics. From start to finish Stray Bullets take you on a trip into the lives of four punk rock veterans and their life experiences. From love to loss, to mugging and drinking, they pour their hearts into their songs. Every note, every hit, every lyric speak nothing but the truth. All fifteen songs tell an interesting tale and each story is matched with great music and some of the best vocal hooks out there.

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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 13 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 P.c. 1  6%
2 70 Voted #2  14%
3 Channels  2%
4 Whiskey In My Coffee  4%
5 Eyesore  10%
6 Crossfire  1%
7 Bad Night Out  4%
8 America  4%
9 Wretched Refuse Voted #1  15%
10 Gone  8%
11 80 Cents A Day  5%
12 Thrift Store  1%
13 Hey Rebekka  8%
14 Bender Voted #3  14%
15 S.d.b.  4%
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Andrew from Glen Ellen, CA 
Jul 2 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

OK, that's a whole lotta band/cd bio. Well, I'll consider myself an impartial judge because I stumbled across this band about 2 weeks ago. I don't even remember where. I'm near San Francisco, they're in Boston. The point is, the CD has been kicking my ass ever since and I've had trouble taking it out of my player. "Destruction by Definition" is the first thing that comes to mind, only with some drinking thrown in. These guys have an energy I haven't seen in a new band in a while, and I'm really impressed by it. I recommend downloading a song and giving it a play (should be able to get "P.C. 1" through If you like what you hear, believe me, it only gets better. "Bender" is a hell of an anthem, as is "Eyesore" . "Wretched Refuse" is a great story, "S.D.B" sounds like it could have been on "Let's Go", "Gone" and "Hey Rebekka" collectively represent the first songs about girls that I've liked in probably 5 years (they rock, I swear), and I could go on... You can feel the energy and passion on this disk. Stray Bullets will be much more known and respected in the near future, and I feel privileged to be hearing them now. The lyrics and music and tight and sometimes intricate but raw and never over-produced. I've never written a review before, but I feel like I need to spread the love on this one. But hey, don't take my word for it, go download that mp3 and let it prove me right. I promise you won't be stuck with a CD that sucks because you already heard the only good song. They are all good songs. Warning: your other CDs may become jealous.

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Chason from Elizabethtown, NC 
Jun 29 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Great stuff. The world needs new bands like this to make us think "Hey, good music still exists!" I probably listened to it a good 4 or 5 times in the first day of owning it. Aso check out the label they're on, Fork In Hand Records.

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Dan from Shutesbury, MA 
Jun 27 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Stray Bullets are excellent. They sing about things that actually have meaning, like Choking Victim did in songs like "500 Channels" "Money" or "Fuck America", which is refreshing in this day and age when most bands dont really sing about important things, just about their girlfriends and getting drunk. And the tunes are great too

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