To some up my first impression of Faintest Idea you would need to imagine if Citizen Fish, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Los Kung Fu Monkeys got together and had a musical bastard child.
They have a heavy mix of two-tone, ska punk and crust punk layered on top of strong political and socially conscious lyrics that is reminiscent of those three previously mentioned bands, but they have a sound that stands out with ferociousness and poignancy that isn’t found too often in ska punk bands these days.
Songs like “Circling The Drain”, which deals with the privatization healthcare in England, as well as tracks such as “Stick Em Up (Lords Of War), which deals with the enormous amount of guns in the world and the lack of control in regards to them, show that the band has better things to do than write about girls the classes that they took in high school. With their songs focusing heavily on political and social themes, Faintest Idea doesn’t come off sounding pretentious like say Anti-Flag.
If you’re looking for an album that takes thought-provoking lyrics and mixes them with danceable ska and punk music, then look no further…”Increasing The Minimum Rage” is just the medicine that Dr. Rudie ordered.
Bottom Line: “Increasing The Minimum Rage” is an excellent ska punk album that manages to get you thinking and dancing at the same time.
Notable Tracks: Down Pressure, Throw Away The Key, No Consequences, Ouroboros