Army of Freshmen - Beg, Borrow, Steal

Army Of Freshmen began 8 years ago when, fresh out of school, a determined Chris Jay (vocals) traveled across the US to California, with the intention of starting a rock band. He met up with the rest of the guys from the original line-up (Mike Rini on drums) at an open mic night and AOF was born. After years of almost continuous touring, they released their debut album in '04.

'Beg, Borrow, Steal' kicks off with 'Uniforms", a gutsy, positive, nothing is going to beat us, fight to the bitter end, kind of a track. Incredible, bouncy moog and keys beautifully blended with quite heavy bass and drums. How it doesn't sound cheesy I will never know, but it doesn't… Fantastic.

The first single to be released from the album, 'Get Um Up' is a ballsy up-beat track. Bouncy beyond belief with addictively catchy lyrics, you can't help but sing along and I defy anyone to be able to keep still! 'Gangsign' has fantastic rhythm changes and musical arrangement teamed with great lyrics and vocal harmonies. Wonderfully effervescent with oodles of energy and talent, an amazing track.

The gorgeously buoyant 'No Engine' has seriously rocky guitars beautifully teamed with energetic percussion. The keyboards should make it sound cheesy but they don't, it just sounds fantastically optimistic and bubbly. This is followed by the equally vivacious but slightly more skeptical 'Last Dance', it does make a valid point though!

I have to say that 'On The Night The Boardwalk Died' is an incredible track, and a phenomenal end to a fantastic debut. Crammed to the gills with up-beat positivity. If you don't like it bouncy, then for heaven's sake stay away from this record, you'd hate it, but then we don't like you miserable, energyless people anyway! Buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it… you get the idea!

by Talia Kane

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