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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Transplants' 2002 debut shouldn't have worked. There was the supergroup tag, for one, with Tim Armstrong and Travis Barker at the center of a trio that also included vocalist
apper Ron Aston. And besides, their charge of modified punk revivalism, streetscape grit, and hip-hop bravado seemed on paper anyway like music for the villains in a DMX action vehicle, or at the very least a sound tailored for game systems. Nevertheless it was oddly effective, and managed some real atmosphere. In 2005 the Transplants return. They've skipped from Armstrong's Hellcat imprint to Barker's Atlantic-distributed La Salle, but it's close to the same sound ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Transplants' 2002 debut shouldn't have worked. There was the supergroup tag, for one, with Tim Armstrong and Travis Barker at the center of a trio that also included vocalist
apper Ron Aston. And besides, their charge of modified punk revivalism, streetscape grit, and hip-hop bravado seemed on paper anyway like music for the villains in a DMX action vehicle, or at the very least a sound tailored for game systems. Nevertheless it was oddly effective, and managed some real atmosphere. In 2005 the Transplants return. They've skipped from Armstrong's Hellcat imprint to Barker's Atlantic-distributed La Salle, but it's close to the same sound on Haunted Cities. Opener "Not Today" suggests the first record's "Tall Cans in the Air"; it sounds like a futuristic retelling of 1977 punk, and Sen Dog stops by for a guest verse. "Apocalypse Now" isn't as effective -- its lyrical rage is empty, and the converted drum'n'bass backing track doesn't go anywhere. But the single "Gangsters and Thugs" is as oddly effective as the debut with its turntables and hedonism, organ drop-ins, and skittering percussion racket. "Gangsters and thugs/Criminals and hoods/Some of my friends sell records/Some of my friends sell drugs." And speaking of Sen Dog, B Real appears on the dubby swagger "Killafornia." "What I Can't Describe" appropriates vintage soul and Cali G-funk; it even features some raps from Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. The swaggering "Madness" sounds like a Rancid track recut to fit the Transplants' shadowy street-fighting sound -- while the hammering guitar and Armstrong's vocal part are pulled right from punk, the theremin-and-keyboard breakdowns are strange flashbulbs from an alternate Golden State reality where it's always night and thugs drive around in jet-powered Packards. Haunted Cities suffers lyrically. Blood, guts, and I'll punch you or worse if you look my way -- that's about the size of it, particularly when Aston's on the mike. But the weird Clash-isms of "American Guns" and "I Want It All"'s chopped-up rhythms and scratches work even though they shouldn't. It's all so blatantly postmodern. But the whole package ends up having this strangely alluring glimmer. It's like discovering California Babylon after being lost in suburbia. [The album was also issued in a clean version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679410122
  • Catalog Number: 94101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Not Today (2:41)
  2. 2 Apocalypse Now (3:16)
  3. 3 Gangsters and Thugs (3:55)
  4. 4 What I Can't Describe (4:01)
  5. 5 Doomsday (3:49)
  6. 6 Killafornia (3:46)
  7. 7 American Guns (2:38)
  8. 8 Madness (3:09)
  9. 9 Hit the Fence (2:11)
  10. 10 Pay Any Price (1:57)
  11. 11 I Want It All (3:56)
  12. 12 Crash and Burn (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Transplants Primary Artist
Tim Armstrong Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Freeman Bass, Bass Guitar
Brett Reed Percussion
Victor Ruggiero farfisa organ, Wurlitzer
Paul "Ganxta Ridd" Devoux Vocals
Sen Dog Vocals
Godfather Vocals
B Real Vocals
Dave Carlock Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin, Background Vocals
Gemi Taylor Guitar
Scott Abels Percussion
Travis Barker Percussion, Drums, Loops
Rakaa Vocals
Jennifer Tefft Flute
Travis Baker Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Rob "SR" Aston Vocals, Group Member
DJ Pone scratching
Rich Graiko Trumpet
Dave Holden Saxophone
Baby Down Vocals
Kim Jade Fry Bass
Gawtti Vocals
Odie Of The Circle, DJ scratching
Rich Stites Of The Circle Background Vocals
Ganxsta Ridd Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Armstrong Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Irving Azoff Management
Ted Barker Composer
Billy Jam Sound Effects
Dave Carlock Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Fredrik Sarhagen Engineer
Nicky C. drum programming
Carlos Paucar drum programming
Travis Baker Loop
John Morrical Engineer
Eric Hellman Management
Jared Paul Management
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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