The Surgeons Are In
The Transplants new album, Haunted Cities, is a smattering of musical styles thrown together in such a way that makes classification difficult. At times itâ€šÃ„Ã´s punk, sometimes rocksteady, every once in a while a hip-hop approach is present. The only thing that is for certain is that The Transplants are a creative, genre-defying group that have become more than just a side-project.In a similar vein to their self-titled debut, Travis Barker, Tim Armstrong, and Rob Aston have created a chaotic symphony that will appeal to fans of independent music. Refusing to allow their punk rock roots to pigeon-hole them, The Transplants recruited Cypress Hillâ€šÃ„Ã´s Sen Dog and B-Real on some of their tracks, while members of the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. help push the laid back flow of â€šÃ„ÃºWhat I Canâ€šÃ„Ã´t Describe.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Every song has a strong identity, showing all of the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s influences and interests without sounding like many other groups.
Lyrically, this album is dark and heavy. Robâ€šÃ„Ã´s prose is street smart and brooding, with words like â€šÃ„ÃºLife in a war zone/You make the wrong move/Remove your torso/Guns blow back from the track/Now the bloods roll/Unslow 24-7 now the funds flow/Anybody gets in my way I let their guts showâ€šÃ„Ã¹ flowing with a disturbing calm and a sense of honesty that helps give it reverence. Contrast that with Tim Armstrongâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„Ãºmarbles in your mouthâ€šÃ„Ã¹ style of singing and you have a recipe for success.
Haunted Cities is an album that breaks the rules in all the right ways. They have put together an album that defies the â€šÃ„Ãºgenre-game,â€šÃ„Ã¹ without alienating itself. The cacophony that The Transplants brand of music is one that is original, innovative, and intense.