Codename Colin: Outgunned
Be careful with this one: it took its time coming, but Codename Colin’s album is absolutely love-at-first-sight wonderful. In the two years since these guys got back together, they’ve gigged hard and they’ve partied harder and it’s been pretty much non-stop – and all of that good-time, sunshine, party-time bounce is evident right from the start of this disc: it washes over you in waves of rowdily insouciant attitude, and it oozes out of their juicy melodies like so much strawberry syrup oozes out of a fat stack of American pancakes. This is music that just can’t not be fun, and the sheer joy that’s gone into making and playing it just jumps out at you.
If you’ve seen Codename Colin in concert, then before now you’ve almost certainly seen them play these songs. If you haven’t, it doesn’t matter: it’s pretty obvious pretty quickly that everything that’s always been great about ska-punk is everywhere on this record. If I’m honest, that joyous recognition hits you quicker than a slap in the face.
These songs are rooted in classic ska-punk: walking bass, upstrokes, and snare. The melodies, the horn parts and the hooks are instantly infectious: it’s unashamedly, boisterously, deliriously happy party-time ska-punk that gets everything just right – it’s got giant great shout-along choruses, complete with joyous gang-vocals, it’s catchy without ever being cheesy, it’s funny without trying, and it’s an absolutely brilliant skank.
Outgunned is that feeling of a gang of friends making music that’s great fun just for the hell of it and then giving you a hug just because. It’s beautifully straight-up ska-punk that pushes your buttons. If you love ska-punk, you already love this record, even if you’ve never heard it, because everything you want is in there in exactly the right place. Outgunned is unabashed, unfiltered, rowdy, straight-up, good-time ska-punk and everything you’d want from that. It’s great.