1994 World Series ChampionsDestiny Records / Stomp Records
By AJ Phink
The Isotopes are more of a loose collective rather than a band, since their inception over forty members have come and gone through the ranks, including members of some of Canada’s finest such as The Real McKenzies, Exploding Fuck Dolls, Vibrators, DOA, Nervous Talk and Dee Cracks. The Isotopes have now released their sophomore album, 1994 World Series Champions, today, the 14th April 2017, via Destiny Records in Europe and Stomp Records in North America, their latest full length follows on from their impressive debut, 2015’s Nuclear Strikezone.
I’ll put my cards on the table before I get started, my knowledge of baseball is all gained from one episode The Simpsons, so to say the baseball references in this album are lost on me would be an understatement, but it does at least mean that I know the origin of the band’s name. Fortunately I do know an album of charged full tilt punk rock when I hear it, and that’s exactly what this is, from the opening short sharp shock of What We Do Ain’t Secret through to the superb closing track, Sandlot Party, this is ten tracks of Ramones influenced punk rock played exactly as it oughta be.
If you’re a fan of the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket, The Methadones and Masked Intruder, as well as the aforementioned Ramones, then this is an album that you will need in your life, unlike many sports albums or songs that are affiliated to one team this is more an album of punk rock that happens to have a baseball theme running through it. Whether you love baseball is incidental as this is ten tracks, that are delivered in around twenty minutes, of kick ass punk rock. Whilst reworking the Ramones trademark sound isn’t a new concept, if you’re going to do something you might as well do it well, and this is an album that is perfectly pitched, I knew I’d manage to get a baseball reference in there somewhere.