The Zambonis have an interesting distinction to them; while they do have the "all hockey, all the time" gimmick attached to them, they don't come near the more aggressive, thuggish feel that Slapshot or the Hanson Brothers possess. It's a bit difficult for a band who uses an accordion and a Moog during a song in which the singer professes his desire to be a zamboni driver. Indeed, it's the earnest sweetness of the songwriting and catchy melodies that draw one to the Zambonis. Since the band shares both members and the mindsets with labelmates the Philistines Jr. and the Happiest Guys in the World, they couldn't be threatening if they tried. They even prove their good sportsmanship with a disarming song to the enemy team, "Take Off That Mask."
These guys spend time triumphing their heroes, with "Wendel," a track about Wendel Clark, and their adaptation of the frat rock standard of "Farmer John" with a live recording called "Davey Hatrick." Love songs have a dominant place on the Zambonis' first album, whether it is "The Referee's Daughter" or a reassurance of a soon return to a distant lover on "Away Game."
There is an edge of experimentation to the band as well, with the reverby space rock of "Hockey on the Moon," the inebriated guitar polka and distorted vocals of "The Goalie Is Drunk," and the synthed-out and drum-machined "Zamboni Race in Outerspace." As a first album, this leaves high expectations for further releases, just to see if the distinguishing qualities that typify the band's sound can be continued and developed upon.