03. Youth Goes
04. Croatia Breaks
06. John Gotti
07. The Gow
08. Art Kills
09. Lab Rats
10. Majestic Twelve
12. Faith Of Marie
13. American Made
Duane and his minions return with another brutal street punk assault! With classic "War Birth" era song writing and a renewed level of fury, "Covert Action" throws one relentless song after another right in your face!
Drums on "American Made": Awol
Percussion on "The Gow": Walter Negro
Horns: John Christiansen
Additional backup vox: Jonny Two Bags and Mike Lohrman
Produced by Darian Rundall and U.S. Bombs
Recorded by Darian Rundall at Stall No. 2 Redondo Beach
All songs published by World War Music ASCAP;
Gove by Choke on This Music ASCAP
Management: Kill City Entertainment at email@example.com
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Skate Photos: Pat Notaro
Graphic Design: Tom D. Kline
Thanx: Kara Walston, Corey Parks, Dallas, Gwendolyne Gauthier, Chris Worthless, Schuyler, Chelsea, C.J., Hellcat, Chris LaSalle, Tim Armstrong, Lars Fredricksen, Tom D.Kline, Artist World Wide, M.A.D. Booking, Marlene, AWOL, Dave Sloan, Machete, L.E.S. Stitches, Ted Minett, Sal, Kwala Skateboards, Nambu, Chino, Larry Fisher, Isaac Kosman, The Heartaches, Denny McGahey, Bernadette & Brenen Wallick, Marie Martinez, Chip Hanna, Mark at TKO, Ian Friedman, Mrs. Terreri, and Ales.
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US Rel. Date: 03/11/2003
EU Rel. Date: 03/10/2003
The album kicks off in ferocious fashion, with the anthemic 'Roll Around', a track that showcases the speed and musical style of the band to great effect. In fact this song echoes much of the bands earlier, and, some would say superior work. 'Shot Down' follows in a similar vein; brutal, melodic and infectious in equal parts. 'In and Out', though, is a clear standout track from a musical point of view. It features a superb chorus and will have you jumping around like a loon.
However, despite the musical talent, it is the subject matter of the songs that make this band who they are. 'Framed' takes a look at the Oklahoma bombing, and points the finger of blame squarely at the American government. On 'Lab Rats' the band attack the controversial area of experimental science. 'John Gotti' sees Peters displaying his typical disdain for the ruling classes, suggesting that the Mob would have more success running the White House.
Despite the very generic nature of street punk, this album also sees the band branching out musically on a couple of tracks. 'Art Kills' sees the band reviving the spirit and style of 80's hardcore acts. It is 'The Gow', however, that marks the biggest departure. This track has the band moving into ska territory at points, something they do with ease, and that also adds a great deal to the song.
'Covert Action' marks something of a return to form for the Bombs, after a couple of disappointing releases. It is a very respectable slice of street punk, and one that stays true to the ideals of what used to be called punk rock. Peters' lyrics are, as usual, very politically informed, and, even if you don't agree with the views on offer, this musical recipe should still be appetising to most fans of the genre.
Jordan A. Baker
While the mainstream world might all croon along to the same tune about the "return to rock" from THE WHITE STRIPES, THE HIVES, or THE LIBERTINES (the latter is actually worth the hype), it's the toe-tapping bastion of snarl that embodies "Covert Action" which gives it its punk rock pedigree. This disc might not fix my need for speed, nor it be a ground breaking release for a bunch of veterans, but it is what it is, and fans of the U.S. BOMBS should be ready with open arms.
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