Reviewed by: Brian Roser
Everyone knows that before the battle of Agincourt, Henry V roused his troops with a speech about St. Crispin’s Day. What is perhaps less well known is that before lifting the siege of Orleans, Joan of Arc stood on a cart facing her troops, plugged in her amp, took out an electric guitar and belted out the song “Take Back The Power” by The Interrupters. I thoroughly believe this is true and you can’t convince me otherwise.
This is a fantastic album, which blends punk and ska to great effect. There’s a lot of political and social commentary here, with some additional songs about friendship and imperfect families thrown in the mix. One track I particularly liked was “Be Easy on Yourself” which focused not on self-aggrandizement, which is so common nowadays, but actual self-esteem, which is much harder to come by.
The Interrupters is new band, made up of Kevin Bivona, his twin brothers Justin and Jesse and fronted by Aimee Allen. The self-titled The Interrupters is their debut album, but each member is a veteran of the music industry, having worked on other projects before this. Kevin Bivona played keyboards while touring with The Transplants. The twins played with Sugar Ray and Aimee Allen wrote Ron Paul’s theme music. They combine this experience with the freshness of a new band, making a whole that is more than just the sum of its parts.
The Interrupters is a great opening for this group. Their energy is high and their lyrics defiant. If this is their first album, then I am definitely looking forward to the ones that follow.