Back in February of this year, I reviewed the then new album from Belgian ska-punkers OVERWEIGHT. ‘Chapter 11’ is the follow-up EP and to be honest, just about everything I mentioned earlier in the year still holds.
These five tracks are energetic, bouncy ska-punk songs delivered in the time-honoured way of Less Than Jake, The Mad Caddies and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. So what’s not to like?
Of course, OVERWEIGHT rely heavily on the brass instruments mixing with big chunky guitar riffs and repeated ‘Whoa-a whoa’ gang backing vocals. The lead vocal is pretty generic as well, tending to be ever so slightly flat in places, but still sounding just so right! And just as important of course in the infectious, bouncy bass line that is a pre-requisite for this type of music.
Yes – there are definite comparisons to the likes of Less Than Jake, and no more so than on the third track ‘Generation?’ the first minute or so of which had me thinking I was listening to the Florida crew’s ‘Borders and Boundaries’ album!
Closing track, ‘No More’ has a heavier sound than the others. It’s slightly darker in places, which reminds me more of The Voodoo Glow Skulls. But elsewhere it’s just good-time, fun ska-punk all the way, delivered with the slight jazz inflection adopted by early Mad Caddies.
There’s nothing new or groundbreaking here, but who cares? Love it for what it is.
(Self released through all digital outlets on 5th December 2011)