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Supathrive - "Left of Center" 
By Brad Podray

If you've ever enjoyed the whole ska-reggae-rock thing, then your purchase of "Left of Center" will be worth it.  Let me just throw a disclaimer in here really quickly before I go on: I hate this type of music with a passion.  It seems most bands along the same vein of Supathrive are up in a genre entirely based around a 3 chord guitar progression on every other beat of the measure.  In many ways, Supathrive does not deviate from this pattern.  Yet, there was something about certain song aspects that I found, oddly enough, to be enjoyable.  There is a certain degree of musical talent I can clearly identify within the songs.  The singer's voice at times is smooth as silk that's been buttered and sanded down(despite the fact that sanding and buttering silk doesn't make any sense at all).  The drumming establishes a solid groove and the instrumentation is, at times, quite complex.  Yet, the album has its moments of predictability, as the Sublime influence is equaled only by glaring Red Hot Chili Peppers influence. 

Some of the tracks seem as if I'm listening to a very original and talented band that suddenly randomly decides to say, musically, "Hey! We're Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime fans!  Watch this!" and the part of the song changes accordingly.  Don't get me wrong.  If you even remotely like the aforementioned two very popular bands, you should be interested in Supathrive.  Their song "Regrets" sticks out as a hard hitting rock track.  It shows deviance from their influences and proves their capability to write an original song.  Supathrive also covers the famous "Get up, Stand up" with style, inciting no complaints from a bitter man like myself.  To contrast these enjoyable pieces are some moments like the song "Let Go," which may as well be a cover of a sublime song I've never heard.  Anyhow, those moments shouldn't let one be distracted from the musical talent clearly displayed by the band and musical gems which shine like a shiny new bicycle.
 
Sure to please: Alot of people, probably.  Anyone who ever was a fan of Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, stuff where the guitar played higher-octave chords on every-other beat of the measure.
 
Sure to disappoint: Reggae-haters, Rap fans, industrial rock fans, Fantomas fans, people who hate anything that sounds like sublime because they're closed minded and regard sublime influenced bands as evil rip-offs sent by Satan or the equally as sinister Baal to destroy music.
 



CD Info 

Supathrive - "Left of Center"
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Tracks:
1. Realize
2. Anxiety
3. Tribute
4. Get up Stand up
5. Mental Anarchy
6. Streets of Unknown
7. Double Dime
8. Supathrive
9. Captured
10. Regrets
11. Sister
12. Let Go
13. Against It All
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