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Transplants
     

Transplants

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by Transplants
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Spin Magazine - Nick Catucci
Transplants mashes up punk guitar, shoplifted hip-hop, barrelhouse piano, and fuck-all attitude. (8)
Blender - Matt Diehl
It's exhiliarting to hear these angry young men joyfully smash up neopunk's predictable three-chord boilerplate.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Hellcat Records
UPC:
0045778044818
catalogNumber:
80448
Rank:
41970

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Transplants   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 Credits

Tim Armstrong   Producer,Engineer
Dave Carlock   Producer,Engineer
Estevan Oriol   Artwork
Brody Armstrong   Contributor
Mister Cartoon   Artwork

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Transplants 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this "punk fanatic" doesnt know what punk is. diamonds and guns is not punk. sorry.