The Longshot - 'Love Is For Losers'

May 12, 2018

 

Artist: The Longshot 
Release: Love Is For Losers
Genre: Punk Rock
Label: Self-Released
Release date: April 20th, 2018
Verdict: 7/10

 

 

 

What do you do when you want to play clubs again, and you play in Green Day? You just can't go back in 300-cap venues, well, at least if you don't want to cause a riot in every city you play in. Well, Billie Joe Armstrong has a solution. Make another band. Record an album and go on tour. And that's exactly what he did.

 

Ladies and gentleman, meet The Longshot, a punk rock band fronted by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, and consisted of Jeff Matika on bass and vocals, David S. Field on drums, and Kevin Preston on guitar. Coming from nowhere, they dropped their debut LP 'Love Is For Losers' and announced their club tour all over the US. So, there it is - back to the underground.

 

As much as I'm convinced Billie Joe would hate it, it's impossible not to compare The Longshot with Green Day. You can take Armstrong out of Green Day, but you just can't take Green Day out of Billy Joe Armstrong. Musically, the new band is heavily influenced by Armstrong's other projects, but it's far from a carbon copy. The Longshot is deeply rooted in punk rock but explores more of rock and roll and even garage rock influences than Green Day ever did. Including '¡Dos!. Digging all the way to the 70s and the 80s, 'Love Is For Losers' offers clash of traditional and modern, paying tribute to the older generations, while still being fresh and interesting.

 

Lyrically, the record is more on the personal, everyday side, avoiding the Green Day's politically charged approach, making a perfect fit for The Longshot's less aggressive sound. However, don't expect anything revolutionary or boundary-breaking from this band. Expect a good punk rock record. Nothing more, nothing less.

 

01. The Last Time
02. Taxi Driver
03. Chasing a Ghost
04. Body Bag
05. Love is for Losers
06. Cult Hero
07. Kill Your Friends
08. Happiness
09. Soul Surrender
10. Turn Me Loose
11. Goodbye to Romance

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