Monday, October 8, 2018

EP Review: THE NEGANS Take It Like A Champ (Independent) by Dave Wolff

Place of origin: Medford, Massachusetts, USA
Genre: Punk rock
Release date: October 5, 2018
It was bound to happen, I gather. A band with a concept based on the most memorable villain in AMC”s The Walking Dead. If you like punk and The Walking Dead you’ll like The Negans. Being a fan of horror and cutting edge music for years, I was immediately intrigued by this band’s concept and wanted to check out their debut EP Take It Like A Champ. It’s not surprising the Negan character resonates with TWD fans since he has become one of horror’s most engaging and complex antagonists. Fans have compared Negan to Machiavelli and the writings of George Orwell. His development has made for a villain with substance and depth, something that’s increasingly uncommon in film these days. If The Negans intend to remain long-term active there are many possibilities for evolvement should they look for it. Jimi Halfdead’s portrayal of Negan fits the background music well, capturing and reinterpreting the pathological menace of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s performance as direct quotes from TWD are written into the lyrics. The five compositions appearing on Take It Like A Champ resolutely personify the Boston punk sound, with some Misfits and GWAR brought to the table in The Saviors. The first track Shut This Shit Down starts without warning and without an intro, with infectious energy that draws you in making you want to start a pit. Going back to the philosophical potential I described, perhaps the line “eeny meeny, miney, moe, where you land, no one knows” can be taken as a metaphor for real life… just a random thought. Pee Pee Pants City leans closer to street rock while Redneck Zombies is the most energetic song here, again infusing the Misfits. I Love Lucy is an interesting closer to the EP, comparing the weapon Negan used in TWD to a special romantic partner, much as the character had in the series. There is more to peruse from this band as several live shows can be viewed at their Youtube profile with a promotional video for Shut This Shit Down. -Dave Wolff

Jimi Halfdead: Vocals, rhythm guitar
Mark Zero: Lead guitar
The Rev: Bass
Joe Z: Drums

Track list:
1. Shut This Shit Down
2. Pee Pee Pants City
3. Redneck Zombies
4. The Saviors
5. I Love Lucy

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