A Fricition Discography?
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was kinda surprised to hear that a Friction discography was gonna come out, considering they broke up in 1994 and they were really just a local band. I guess people really like Bob Nanna. It seems like everybody is getting into the reissue game lately. That's cool with me, though, because there is a lot of great music out there that is out of print. Anyway, as for this CD...I wouldn't say that Friction was an amazing band, but they did write some really good songs. Included on this is the track "Auburn", which was never released but became well-known because Cap'n Jazz borrowed a line from the song. "Auburn", along the last two songs the band ever recorded, "906", and "Collective Jerk" are really good. In fact, many of the songs, particularly the ones the band wrote near the end, are pretty good. There are a couple of covers on here, including songs by the Misfits, Target (a local Chicago act that probably all of 20 people remember) and Jawbreaker. Speaking of Jawbreaker, they seem to have a considerable influence on Friction, but that's ok. Anyway, its seems that every thing they ever recorded is on these 2 CDs (I forgot to mention, its a double disc), including alternate recordings of songs, which means there are some things on here that are rather redundant or uninteresting. The packaging is quite extraordinary, though. It includes a complete shows list (only 57 shows played!), recording info, song-by-song explanation/anctedote, and plenty of pictures. It seems that band and record label put a lot of care into assembling this.
Anyway, this is good stuff that should appeal to most Braid or Hey Mercedes fans (Bob Nanna's other acts for anyone who doesn't know) or any whose is fan of that early Jawbreaker/emo-punk sound (I'm sorry, its not that they are a Jawbreaker clone, but that the first band that comes to mind and the only one I can think of right now)."