Rising from the fertile riverbanks of Portland, Oregon come Wolf Colonel, a rambunctious tribe of merry pranksters armed with an amorphous rock onslaught set to warp all possible conceptions held of high volume pop-punk power. Vikings of Mint is their debut full-length, an album destined for glory as the very first set of anthems offered up to the masses for the new millennium.
Exuding the advantages of brevity with 15 songs clocking in at no longer than two and a half minutes each, Wolf Colonel re-invent “attention deficit punk” for the modern age. Vikings of Mint tumbles ecstatic melodious gymnastics over tongue-in-cheek arena rock posturing, a supersonic schtick completely annihilating any other current power pop act. Poseurs are revealed to be the pathetic wimps they really are. Live, Wolf Colonel are fearless, valiantly scorching with plenty of guitar pyrotechics and amphetamine-laced adrenaline antics. Hooks? Wolf Colonel have an entire supersonic tacklebox brimming with intensely sharp hooks guaranteed to stick in your head long after the music’s over. Believers in the code upheld by the likes of Guided By Voices, Husker Du and Jawbreaker take full notice, this punk-pop flag is proudly flown. Yet Wolf Colonel twists the sub-genre inside out, subverting it, perverting it, completely taking the whole damn thing well over the top.
Wit, humor, volume, mad hooks and good ol’ punk rock impatience. Vikings of Mint pillages the old stale script with authority and confidence.
released February 22, 2000
Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios, Olympia, Washington USA.
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