by Useless ID


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While one might expect an Israeli punk trio to have an accented, worldly spin to its music -- like Monotonix, for example -- Useless ID couldn't sound more like an American punk-pop group. On the first of their albums for Fat Wreck Chords, the label's influence is clearly felt. In fact, there's not much to differentiate Symptoms from a late-period NOFX record. Compared to Fat Mike, Yotam Ben Horin's lyrics are more emo-centric than punny, but otherwise he sounds a lot like him, and similarly, his songs are quick blasts, full of boxy distorted riffs, "whoa-oh" vocals, and slapdash drumming. In other words, it's pretty standard skatepunk, despite the origins of the band. That said, they deserve credit for imitating the sounds of Southern California so accurately, and assuming that was their intention, working with the Descendents' Bill Stevenson again as a producer was a smart judgment call.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2012
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
UPC: 0751097078723
catalogNumber: 707872
Rank: 94571

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Performance Credits

Useless ID   Primary Artist
Bill Stevenson   Vocals
Steve Soboslai   Vocals
Jonathan Harpak   Drums,Group Member
Ishay Berger   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Yotam Ben Horin   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Guy Carmel   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bill Stevenson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jason Livermore   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Berlin   Engineer
Useless ID   Arranger
Ishay Berger   Composer
Yotam Ben Horin   Composer
Mark Perel   Live Sound
Nir Gutraiman   Art Direction
Haim "Yamhoof" Benyamini   Stage Manager,Tour Manager
Jonathan Shkedi   Composer

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