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American Rubicon

Cobra Skulls

American Rubicon

LabelGunner Records
VertriebBroken Silence
VÖ-Datum16.10.2009

Als im Sommer 2007 das Album Sitting Army in den USA erschien, trat damit eine
Punkrock-Band ins Underground-Rampenlicht, deren Sound getrost als unverwechselbar bezeichnet werden konnte: die Cobra Skulls aus Reno. Den besonderen Sound verdankten die Jungs aus Nevada einerseits den vielen verschiedenen Einflüssen in ihrer Musik und dem Mut, damit auch herum zu experimentieren und andererseits ihrer anerkennungswürdigen Fähigkeit, einem gleichzeitig das volle Punkrockbrett vor den Latz zu knallen. Allerdings waren die Jungs um Sänger und Bassist Devin Peralta zu diesem Zeitpunkt kein völlig unbeschriebenes Blatt: eine EP und zwei 7’’s gingen dem bemerkenswerten Debüt voraus. Die 2008 nachgelegte Never Be A Machine 7’’ und eine kurz darauf folgende erste Deutschland-Tour, die die Live-Qualitäten der Band offenbarte, schafften es dann, die Messlatte für ein zweites Album sogar noch höher zu schrauben. Das gibt es mit American Rubicon nun endlich auch in heimischen Plattenläden, und es ist Zeit die Katze aus dem Sack zu lassen.

Die guten Nachrichten zuerst: allzu sehr haben sich die Cobras nicht verändert.
Die Band ist noch immer irgendwie Folk, irgendwie Südstaaten-Rock, Country und
auch noch immer irgendwie Ska und sogar ein bisschen Latin. Die Band ist aber
vor allem auch immer noch absolut Punkrock. Mit einer sehr ausgewogenen Mischung aus sowohl meist eher schnelleren Mid-Tempo- als auch sehr rasanten Songs singt sich die Band durch gewohnt ernste, oft politische Themen und verliert dabei nicht nur musikalisch keinen Funken ihres früheren Bisses. Doch auch wenn am Grundgerüst ihres Sounds im Grunde alles beim Alten geblieben ist, klingen die Cobra Skulls auf American Rubicon abgeklärter und reifer. Die Melodien brauchen oft ein gutes Stück länger, um endgültig im Kopf kleben zu bleiben. Singalong-Hymnen wie Faith Is A Cobra oder Charming The Cobra lassen sich auf ihrem neuen Album seltener finden. Was den geneigten Hörer am Anfang jedoch vielleicht etwas skeptisch werden lässt, trägt beim intensiveren Hören unbedingt zur Langlebigkeit der Songs und des Albums bei. Und sind die Hooks der Cobras erst einmal im Hirn, bleiben sie dort umso länger; ein Fakt, den jeder, der bisher in den Genuss ihrer Musik gekommen ist, bestätigen wird.

Das waren die guten Nachrichten und eigentlich kann American Rubicon mit schlechten gar nicht wirklich dienen. Gut so, denn die Cobra Skulls sollen bitte genauso weitermachen wie bisher, und das am liebsten für immer, damit uns der genauso raue und ungebügelte wie einfalls- und abwechslungsreiche Punkrock des Trios bis in alle Zeit begeistern kann. Stellt sich vielleicht nur die Frage, wann Fat Mike wohl in Reno auf der Matte steht…

 

Tracklist:
  1. Time And Pressure
  2. There’s A Skeleton In My Military Industrial Closet
  3. Rebel Fate
  4. Muniphobia
  5. Thicker Than Water
  6. H.D.U.I. (Honorary Discharge Under The Influence)
  7. Overpopulated
  8. Problems With Preconceptions
  9. Wilful State Of Denial
  10. I Used To Like Them When They Put Cobra In The Titles
  11. Bad Apples
  12. Timing
  13. Back To The Youth
  14. Dead Inside
  15. Agree To Disagree
  16. One Day You'll Never
  17. Exponantial Times
Highlights:

There’s A Skeleton In My Military Industrial Closet, Muniphobia, Overpopulated

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