Band: Craig’s Brother
Album: The Insidious Lie
Release Date: January 25th, 2011
Label: Independent

I’ve been one of Craig’s Brother’s since his Homecoming. One of my earliest forays into punk, Homecoming unintentionally became a gateway album for what is now my favorite genre of music – punk rock – a genre that is sorely lacking real players in 2011.

Yet, while I was a fan of Homecoming, I wouldn’t say I was an involved “I’m coming home for Christmas” member of Craig’s family… then Lost at Sea happened. A flat out brilliant record, Lost at Sea also happens to be the first CD I ever bought using the Internet. It’s almost satirical, while I was legally spending my cleaning money on the album, the Internet killed Lost At Sea‘s chance of reaching its audience. The Napster dispute caused this record to land on the back burner way too early.

But that story is ancient history often rehashed at Craig’s family gatherings I’m sure. The real question – what has our favorite punk rock brother been up too since then? Besides putting out an EP that I mildly enjoyed, Craig’s Brother has been talking about a new record that seemed like it would never become reality.

Craig's Brother 2011

Life happens, dudes grow up. Boys with punk attitude become men who need money and for punk rockers that usually means one thing – day jobs. Since, for most, punk rock doesn’t make money and thrives on passion alone, I assumed Craig’s Brother would run out of the angst required for punk. Surely their loudest days were behind them. I thought maybe they would explore some of the softer ideas introduced on Lost at Sea. After all, those songs are fantastic and I wouldn’t have minded if they did. I just wasn’t expecting a blazing punk rock record.

But I must admit I was wrong! Not only does Craig’s Brother still have energy, they have a message they want the listener to hear. They don’t sound like disgruntled dudes, mad at their station in life, they sound like the same band that wrote Homecoming, only now they’re smarter and more tactful with age. Their zeal for these songs thunders out of the speakers. They have honed their ability to pen a hook, a message and still manage to stuff it into a 3 minute song.

A record lacking any filler, an extraordinary feet in modern music, with The Insidious Lie we are presented 11 solid songs. Some of my favorites include “Mistake of Caring” “Thousand Yard Stare” “The Problem of Evil” “The Aaronic Blessing” and my current favorite “Klamath Falls.”

I have only the slightest idea how much effort it took for them to get this album out to us. I’m sure life and jobs left them little time to even write and record a new album, let alone leaving them enough energy to actually give it this much heart. It bleeds sincerity. I want to earnestly thank the guys that created this record. I know they’ll never monetarily make back what they put into it; but I hope they receive plenty of praise from steadfast fans from their past and maybe they’ll add new members to the family along the way.

Overall, while I can’t say it’s better than Lost at Sea, I can say that it’s not a disappointment. Once the years of music listening begin to pile up, nostalgia starts to play a large part in ranking albums. Lost at Sea has that nostaligia factor, but on an individual basis, The Insidious Lie is as good as any punk record I’ve purchased in the past 5 years.

I never pay $9.99 for a digital album, but for now that’s the only way to get this one. Click here to buy: I will be in line to pick up a real copy if given the chance. Apparently a vinyl is in the works.

Note: You may notice I only gave this album 95%. As an illustrator and artist by trade, I have to be honest and knock the record a bit for its weak album art. I don’t mean to offend whoever created it – it’s just looks bad.

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