"The Flight Seat" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann


As much as I liked Campground Effect's "Kindling" (see my review below), this time I found them long-winded and slightly obtuse. Whereas "Kindling" was "rough'n'tumble punk rock," and kind of cool, "The Flight Seat" is standard rock with little or no punk attitude.

Campground Effect needs to re-evaluate their goals and decide whether they want to have that edgier punk sound or radio friendly with no edge whatsoever. Frankly, I'd choose the former.

Still, I'll grant "The Flight Seat" two chainsaws because - while it's not my cup of tea - it doesn't really suck too badly either.

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"Kindling" (Self-produced; 2003)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Simply put, the Campground Effect's "Kindling" is rough'n'tumble punk rock. The band prefers to avoid any given label and I don't blame them, but their punk influence here is unmistakable. There's more to Campground Effect than just punk, however. "Kindling" is straight-from-the-heart, raw, gritty, loud and 
just plain fun. 

The high energy of "Kindling" is cool, infectious and toe-tappingly listenable. The one and (thankfully) only ballad is dry and boring and frankly made me a bit nauseous. But when the band rocks, they rock rough and loud.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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