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Hotter Heads Prevail

by Collisionville

Post-Punk Rock songs of many varieties, all about living in a world full of extremists and absolutists. Opening track "Old Ladies Reading the Bible" is a call to arms for every election cycle. Choose a side and get on with it.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Ladies Reading the Bible
3:06 $0.99
2. Have You Ever Sold Out?
4:09 $0.99
3. Help Yourself
5:43 $0.99
4. I Can't Feel a Thing
4:16 $0.99
5. Faith No Less
3:08 $0.99
6. Wake the Prisoner
6:19 $0.99
7. Bounce Your Head
4:14 $0.99
8. The Revolution's Over
3:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Did you ever notice how the Academy Award for Best Picture always goes to a drama that presents some expansive cultural message and never to a lighthearted comedy? Does a great album have to be performed with a straight face too? Collisionville's "Hotter Heads Prevail" gives us a chance to experience eight superbly crafted songs delivered in a range of moods and from various points of view. This Oakland-based trio opens with "Old Ladies Reading the Bible," a satire performed in the voice of an evangelical right-wing fascist. As is often the case with zealots, he is not satisfied by his own beliefs. He will not rest until everyone else believes in whatever he believes in. Perhaps we all share this human quirk in some way or another, which is why this song resonates so well. Perhaps it is because this is America in 2006, and the country is run by such zealots. If so, "Hotter Heads Prevail" is a symptom of our times, as well as a fantastic new album.

"Have You Ever Sold Out?" poses a question and exposes its ridiculousness at the same time. The song's lyric "Where do you go at night/when you can't stand the dark and you're scared of the lights?" illustrates the self-imposed bondage we often find ourselves in. The eight songs on the album unfold as a modern absurdist's tableau; at times pissed off, vulnerable, optimistic, or just plain over it, as on "The Revolution's Over." Stephen Pride's song craft is dynamic, full of unexpected turns, and often features cleanly strummed guitars amidst a wall of wailing feedback. "Faith No Less" is noteworthy as a desolate consolation featuring the tough lead vocals of drummer M.E. Miller. This is an album you'll want to hear many more times than once.

- Dan Vermont, The Owl Mag



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