When I first got a request for a review of Children 18:3 I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had seen them all over the internet but never really cared to pay much attention. Well better late then never I suppose.
Immediately I was taken back to my punk days a la Squad Five-O Operation Ivy Flogging Molly. It has been quite awhile since a newer band really brought me back to my punk scene days. For nostalgia sake alone this CD is worth getting but I won’t let the review end there.
This family trio (David Hostetter Lee Marie Hostetter Seth Hostetter) from Morris MN start off with a bang. From the beginning in “All My Balloons”Hostetter’s unique vocal dynamic is evident bridging the gap from B52’s esque melodic talking and catchy hooks that give MXPX a run for their money. In “LCM” Lee Marie shines. This C183 shoutfest brings me back to my Headnoise days with a cleverly constructed dialogue between her and her brother. Another standout track is “Even Sleeping” showing their roots in ska punk like Op Ivy or original Squad Five-O (pre ACDC era). Put on your chuck’s and have some fun. The track “Samantha” at 55 seconds is a stripped down song is reminiscent simpler more honest time in Rock N’ Roll music and leads perfectly into their catchy pop track “Mock the Music.” Again Lee Marie gets up front and carries the melody riding the lines between beauty and intensity.
I have always been a fan of bands unifying a CD via seperate tracks (Think Cartel “Croma” the track “A”). Though short “Balloons Reprise ” brought me back to the first track “All My Balloons” as if saying “Remember where you have come from now let’s finish this.” FInish it they do in their song “Final” they help usher in the end with this anthemic song about the apocolypse singing “Maidens sing at the harvest Children dance on the ground Angels join in the gladness Listen to the most beautiful sound”
I can’t think of a better way to describe this record a beautiful sound blending garage rock punk and ska into a diverse and catchy package.
“All My Balloons”
As someone who listens to a lot of music when I find those CD’s that effect me in anyway I need to hold onto those. This is the case with Children 18:3’s debut release. Call it nostalgia supressed teenage angst call it the desire to be part of something greater this CD brings it out in me. This CD comes highly recommended by me. Jaded by the same popcorn pop rock out there? Give this a try and see if it breathes life into you as well.