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Classic Album Review: H2O | F.T.T.W.

Plenty of punk VIPs help the N.Y.C. hardcore heroes blast through a killer album.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Maybe my mind is in the gutter, but at first I figured this title was some obscene piece of gang-slogan graffiti.

Turns out it’s the initials to three songs of this N.Y.C. hardcore quintet’s killer third CD. The first of them, Faster Than The World, pretty much sums things up — with the help of producer, ex-Bad Religion axeman (and Epitaph Records owner) Brett Gurewitz, these boys put the pedal to the metal and blister their way through 19 songs in just over a half hour. Gurewitz isn’t alone on the guest list: Rancid singer-guitarist Tim Armstrong, Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett and some hardcore heroes pop up amid the machine-gun drums, chrome-plated melodies and mile-a-minute punk anthems. In other words, F.T.T.W. also stands for Full-Throttle Thundering Wail.