The Methadones Not Economically Viable

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  • Released: November 1, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Thick Records

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The Methadones: Pete Mittler (bass guitar); Daniel Schafer, Mike Byrne, Mike Soucy.
Personnel: Daniel Schafer (vocals, guitar); Mike Byrne (guitar); Mike Soucy (drums); Amelia Fletcher (background vocals).
Recording information: Sonic Iguana Studios (02/2004).
Methadones leader Daniel Schafer has said that the band's third album, Not Economically Viable, is a concept record loosely inspired by the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down, about a murderous rampage by a laid-off defense systems administrator. (The title comes from one of the film's key lines.) Lyrically, the album is akin to the great X albums deconstructing the Reagan-era American dream, from Los Angeles to More Fun in the New World, but Schafer is a more impressionistic writer than John Doe and Exene Cervenka, without their eye for detail. Musically, however, the album completes the Methadones' slow transition from garagey punks … la early Social Distortion into a more polished power pop outfit with a greater emphasis on vocals (Heavenly's Amelia Fletcher sings her trademark helium-toned harmonies on several tracks) and catchy guitar hooks. Not at all coincidentally, the album ends with the aptly-titled "Straight Up Pop Song," a rueful blend of sardonic kiss-off lyrics and a droning guitar riff that sounds so much like a radio hit by the likes of Jimmy Eat World that it seems likely to be at least partially satiric in intent. ~ Stewart Mason

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  • Sales Rank: 106,300
  • UPC: 702044010327
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