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[Review] Box Car Racer

Note: I just found this, lost between old papers from high school. I wrote this down from boredom two years ago. It isn’t that well written, and it may be incorrect in some places, but what the heck, I’m posting it. After all, I needed to be the person I was in order to become the person I am.

Have you ever felt that the world as we know it was just about to end?

Tom DeLonge, the frontman from Box Car Racer and Angels and Airwaves (formerly from pop-punk trio blink-182) was probably inspired by this thoughts when he wrote the self-titled debut and only album by Box Car Racer.
The album deals with subjects such as well, the end of the world, romantic stories where the singer offers safety and his company to his loved one, and even deals with depression and feeling of being overwhelmed by the events of our life.

The album came out during the first hiatus that blink-182 took back on 2002 after their Take Off Your Pants and Jacket promotion tour, when singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge suffered a back injury and was behold to stay home and rest. During that time, as claimed by DeLonge himself, he was going through a lot of things and struggling with pain, having a lot of powerful thoughts, many of them finally inspiring the songs that made their only album.

This album features lots of acoustic guitars, accompanied by heavy distorted guitars and unique powerful drumming by Travis Barker (also from blink-182).
Box Car Racer also counted with additional guitar duties by David Kennedy, and although all the bass parts on the album were played by Tom, on tour a bassist named Anthony Celestino played those parts.

Highlights from the album are:

  •  Watch the World: an optimistic song written about apocaliptic times where the singer offers everything he has to his loved one and believes that “they will make it through”.
  • Cat Like Thief: featuring Tim Armstrong from punk band Rancid on vocals, it counts with a simple guitar riff on loop that makes the melody even more interesting. It’s a great song overall.
  • Letters to God: this song is almost entirely played by Tom on his acoustic guitar and then breaks into heavy distorted guitars when reaching its end, making this song one of the most powerful songs on the record. It has that Box Car Racer trademark sound, it’s lyrically beautiful with the singer confessing his thoughts and saying that ‘maybe he doesn’t wanna go’. One of the saddest and most emotional song on the record.
  • There Is: one of the most romantic and sincere songs that were ever written. A completely acoustic song that deals with the need for someone and just singing yourself to calm and have the certainty that ‘there’s someone out there who feels just like you’.
  • Elevator: a very simple but yet impressive song that features Mark Hoppus (the third member from blink) on half the vocals. It is a very graphic narration of a man jumping from a building rooftop, told in first person (by Tom) and then from the view of a passer-by, therefore, in third person (by Mark).

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Watch the World, for your listening pleasure.
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Unsent letter to Espen and Carv

February, 2008

Dear Espen and Carv:
I’m writing this to congratulate you for the amazing job you’ve done. I’ve been on punkdisasters for at least three years now, and I’m so proud of witnessing how it turned from ‘a blink fansite’ to ‘one of those blink fansites’ and then into the greatest blink fansite amongst them all.

I remember how the layout changes that Espen performed almost regularly was one of the things that impressed me the most at first. How after moving to a better server the large amount of media came, although the monthly or weekly bootleg had already been a feature for some time. The Dreamhost times came and the site was often down… It all summed up just to get you almost where you are now.
I remember the We Don’t Need to Whisper leaking day, when the site got the most users online ever and how Espen wrote a news post with the songs and I couldn’t believe you were even corageous enough to do it.

I can’t believe that you, Carv, are the same guy I once offered hosting for his remixes, besides posting them on my then infamous Angels and Airwaves website that later turned into AlwaysFallingDown.com
Who would have said that you were going to get so big and important for the community!

Congratulations!
It’s awesome how you pulled it off. I can’t say I’m completely impressed, I mean, it was a matter of time. Maybe it all started with really small things that set punkdisasters.com apart from the other sites, just so it could become this great.

Once again, congratulations for your work, and thanks for bringing us punkdisasters.com

Keep well,

V

Espen is the owner of punkdisasters.com and Carv is the admin of the site.

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Modlife is up and running: Tom pwned us all

This is from an interview conducted back in March, 2008:

You just released that whole Modlife thing online a little while ago. What’s the story behind that and how has it been going so far?

Modlife is amazing. It’s blown my mind. It’s an idea I had that took a lot to come to fruition, and we’re going to launch it to the world this summer. It’s an operating system to help kind of revolutionize the music industry at first, but at best it’s for anybody. Any kid, any band, any business or housewife to use a bunch of digital tools in any way, shape or form they choose to use them. For a band, they can do broadcasts, films and podcasts, deliver their records digitally – everything they want to do on a computer. For a housewife, maybe they just want to put up photos of their kids and they don’t have any records and maybe it’s free. I don’t know, but it’s probably the most futuristic, ingenious thing I’ve seen on the Internet since its inception, I think. I’m really excited about it.

The trend now is kind of leaning less towards labels and more towards other avenues.

Yeah, label’s are kind of a thing of the past.

Do you think this is going to team up with that?

Yeah, I think there’s a lot of things that are going to happen, but our goal is to be self-sufficient. To not need labels, not need other people, or be able to hire labels for specific duties, like marketing and promotion. But I think with Modlife, we’ll be able to do it all ourselves.

And now that project is coming true!

Go check modlife.com

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