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Classic Album Review: River City Rebels | No Good, No Time, No Pride

The Vermont punk outfit exceed your expectations on their third full-length.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The cut-and-paste Xerox cover art, the ransom-note track-list lettering, the picture of a guy dressed up like a punk droog and wielding a baseball bat, the song titles like Such A Bore, Rotten Brain and Life’s A Drag — even before I unwrapped the plastic, I wasn’t expecting anything but predictable punk cliches from Vermont’s River City Rebels.

Well, every once in a while it’s nice to be proven wrong. No Good, No Time, No Pride, the group’s third outing, captures a young group that’s already a few steps ahead of the pack and has the potential for bigger things. Their songs are solidly crafted anthems inspired by the old-school guitar-punk of U.S. Bombs, The Clash and Rancid; their brass section adds colour and texture to the tracks without turning them into ska-punk drivel; and gruff vocalist Dan O’Day doesn’t do too bad, considering he used to be the band’s guitarist. Bottom line: Despite No Good, No Time, No Pride’s cover, have no fear.