Not-So-New Album Review #1
Burning Airlines - Mission: Control! (1999)
J. Robbins, a man who has been known around the post-punk/hardcore scene in the late 90’s and early 00’s created this interesting band with his former bandmate Bill Barbot from Jawbox. Burning Airlines, an interesting name, took a whole new meaning after the September 11 attacks in New York. This proved to be a difficulty for the band when many venues refused to broadcast the name “Burning Airlines,” on their bills.
The album plays nicely, and you can get the songs bouncing around your head after just one listen. I have left and revisited this album many many times over the years. One of the most striking aspects to the album is just how tight the trio is. It’s definitely more poppy that their preceding Jawbox tracks, but it’s so tight and catchy that it just works. The drums are grooving, the guitar riffs and melodies bounce right on top and keep it alive, and J. Robbins’ low range voice brings it all together.
All in all, its a steady rock album and definitely worth a good listen. The first half is more tame and steady rocking, while the last half pics up the pace and the mood. This will definitely get your head rocking!