An inspired side project, Transplants features Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Armstrong's buddy Rob Aston rapping, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and a host of pals dropping in. They don't really sound much like Rancid, though at times one does hear the Clash in these tunes. A bit more rock & roll than punk rock, Transplants spare listeners any ska tunes. However, there is plenty of hip-hop courtesy of Aston, who raps in a macho and at times grating style with no shortage of borrowed gangsta clichés. In fact, Transplants sound best when he's not shouting about gats and hos. Every time Armstrong's gutter punk-accented, mushmouth voice appears, Transplants sound more soulful than rap-rock. Armstrong hasn't written hook-filled songs like these since And Out Come the Wolves. "Down in Oakland," the one song he wrote without Aston, is among the album's catchiest. Check out Armstrong's slick and reverby surf guitar on this one. Aside from singing like a punk rock Marvin Gaye and playing snazzy guitar leads, Armstrong is also responsible for the blues piano loops that anchor "Diamonds and Guns" and "California Babylon," songs that sound a good deal better than their titles. Perhaps the album's best number is the downbeat "Weigh on My Mind," featuring the throaty, understated background vocals of Brody Armstrong of the Distillers, who sings the chorus "I've got so many problems and they weigh on my mind" with Armstrong. Among the other key contributors is Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers, who lays down some cool piano and organ grooves throughout. And there's a not half-bad rap tune called "D.R.E.A.M.," which bites an overused Method Man refrain from the Wu-Tang Clan song "C.R.E.A.M.," but sports a beat that's as G-funk as punk gets.
- Release Date:
- Hellcat Records
Performance CreditsTransplants Primary Artist
Tim Armstrong Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Loops
Lars Frederiksen Background Vocals
Matt Freeman Bass
Son Doobie Vocals
Victor Ruggiero Piano,Hammond Organ
Davey Havok Vocals
Dave Carlock Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Travis Barker Drums
Brody Armstrong Vocals
Eric Ozenne Vocals
Rob "SR" Aston scratching,Vocals
Danny Diablo Vocals
Technical CreditsTim Armstrong Producer,Engineer
Dave Carlock Producer,Engineer
Estevan Oriol Artwork
Brody Armstrong Contributor
Mister Cartoon Artwork
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my boyfriend and i love transplants so much. i have to miss warped tour this year so i wont get to see them but still u should all listen to them. travis barker's drumming is alot better in their second album though.
This CD is so amazing, its so powerful, it makes you feel so alive, the best song is "We Trusted You" i can totally relate to this song, its amazing just simply amazing...
This is an awesome cd that a mixture of great beats and sounds. I REALLY like 'Diamonds and Guns'. I mean the beat is so punk... which i love!
Not being a big fan of Rancid, I was sceptical about picking up this album, however 24hours later I am hooked, some real good blending of rhythyms and styles, my only dissapointment was the lack of tricks travis pulls on the drums, my favourite drummer for some time I was shocked to hear the symplistic beats, but to be honest.. it works! The lack of gnarly drum riffs is the only downside to this album. Top notch basement-roll
It's Good (especially Diamonds & Guns) but there kinda posers in a way. Punk and rap????? just doesn't mix If You Want some real music look below.
this "punk fanatic" doesnt know what punk is. diamonds and guns is not punk. sorry.