The Eruptors

Bad Time to Be Having a Good Time

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An utterly cracked but surprisingly effective marriage of hardcore skate punk shredding and the sort of sci-fi heavy metal concept albums that Hawkwind's Robert Calvert used to do in the '70s, Bad Time to Be Having a Good Time is a singular listen. The album's story line, helpfully sketched out in the liner notes, involves the two pilots chosen to pilot a doomsday weapon that obliterates an entire quadrant of the solar system, leaving the handful of survivors to begin anew in caveman-like conditions...or something like that. Even with the four brief snippets of dialogue salted between songs to advance the story line, it doesn't exactly make a whole lot of sense, but who cares? The real joy of Bad Time to Be Having a Good Time is in the quasi-metal speed-punk riffage that abounds across songs like "Devil's Got Angel's Wings," "Gravelrash," and the self-explanatory (though confusing in this story line) "Skate Fast! Die Hard!" That this album is the work of a trio of aging prog-affiliated musos from the U.K. and Ireland instead of three 18-year-olds from Orange County just makes Bad Time to Be Having a Good Time that much more peculiar and inexplicably wonderful.

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