- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Apr
Like the short, fast-paced songs associated with the genre, punk-rock bands seem to quickly explode into the music industry and become firmly established in relatively short time. Such is the case with Slick Shoes, who recently finished touring with MxPx (who are probably rock veterans by punk-rock standards). Slick Shoes just released their fourth album, even though all the band members are in their early twenties. The self-titled release features lead vocalist and lyricist Ryan Kepke, drummer and founding-member Joe Nixon, guitarist Greg Togawa, and bassist Jeremiah Brown (who has since left the band and has been replaced by Kevin Clark). The band initially went into the studio with a producer who didn't end up working out for them. Eventually, Slick Shoes was able to get their first choice for producer, acclaimed punk-rock producer Neill King (Green Day, Elvis Costello). The match-up proved a more comfortable experience for the band, resulting in a new album they're very proud of.
Slick Shoes do have a lot to be proud of here, since their sound has improved with every album. This is well-performed, high-energy punk rock with some rhythmic touches and production gimmicks (keyboard strings appear on "Alone") not typical of your average garage band. The band's playing is tighter on the new album, particularly the guitars and drums. Highlights include the confessional "My Ignorance," which focuses on God's grace and forgiveness but also can apply to earthly relationships. "Pass Me By" concerns the rapid passage of time, with Ryan surprised by the sudden arrival of adulthood. The album's closer, "151" is a simple expression of thanks and praise to Christ and his presence in our lives.
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