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Botox Party would have thrived in the late 80s East Bay punk scene. The 13 new songs and three re-recorded songs from their debut EP land somewhere in the middle of Operation Ivy, Green Day and Crimpshine. After playing at 924 Gilman, however, the guys would have probably slipped out the back to catch a Testament show.
The foundations for most of Botox Party’s songs lie in Chuck’s complicated thrash riffs (see “Elitist Social Class” and “No Ambition,” which recall Slayer and Maiden respectively). Brian (drums) and Danny (bass) are more than capable of keeping up, integrating their melodic hardcore bounce that drives the songs fast-forward. It’s a fresh sound for punk rock that succeeds largely because they play as a single unit, all three featured prominently in Todd Corvin’s (Living Room Studios) final mix.
The very first track, “Scared Of Living”, demonstrates an increased sense of (ins) urgency from the band – “scared of living, scared of dying, why’s this life worth living when you’re afraid of trying?” Throughout the CD, Botox Party aggressively confront interpersonal turmoil (“Self Inflicted Brian Damage”) and fight stagnation with Molotov Cocktails (“Separation”, “No Ambition”). The gritty backup vocals of Danny Dangerous ass fire to the flames of discontent, while testifying to crust and New York hardcore inspirations. In the end, Botox Party claim control over their lives so they can help others do the same.
So the message is simple, but the music in not always. But isn’t punk all about blasting the status quo and embracing the idiosyncrasies of a diverse community? Botox Party has done their part by delivering a stick of dynamite within the dynamic punk rock record. –Mike Rutz
- RVA Magazine


Aside from some crust punk albums, the runtime of "E.P." has to be some of the shortest I've ever heard. This does not mean that the harder edged punk music of Botox Party is forgettable. In a way, a track like "Problematic Emotions" calls forth bands like Pulley and "Cheshire Cat" or "Buddha" era Blink 182. The production is a little bit on the weak side, but does not hinder the harmonies used by the band. Blending this Pulley/Blink type of sound with Misfits-like vocals at points during "E.P." show that Botox Party know the genre well. "Elitist Social Class"'s opening has hints of eighties metal present in the guitar riff that fuels the song, but the vocals bring the band into more of a pop punk sound. The rapidly spat-out vocals of "Elitist Social Class" make for another short (sub two and a half minute track), keeping the energy of this recording up.
The thing that distinguishes Botox Party from all of the other punk bands that are doing breakneck albums is the fact that the band's compositions stick with individuals for quite a long time after the disc ends. An appreciation of solid guitar work marks "Stealing Childhood", which opens up with intense guitar shredding before the band's vocals get to work. The band goes back to what has happened a number of times previously on "E.P.", which has the benefit of adding to the cohesion on this album. The band is able to make an iconic sound through their work on only six tracks; while cohesion this high may bring the band into problems during a full length, it is something that is immediately endearing to individuals that listen to "E.P.". If you like edgy pop punk music that in no way sounds like the pablum that is put out by bands like Green Day in the current, Botox Party should be a band whose album you search out.
Top Track: The Best of Times
Rating: 6.9/10 - Neufutur


A couple reviews back, I wrote about an album recently released by one of the new wave of pop-punk bands that has incorporated every emo cliche into the genre and subsequently sucking the heart out of everything I once loved about it. Not that I don't occasionally enjoy some of this music, it just doesn't live up to the good ol' days of fast and fun pop-punk with heart and energy. Then, I finally decided to listen to a band called Botox Party. A name like this could have been a turn-off, but these three snot nosed cats play some pretty infectious and aggressive pop-punk with elements of street punk and hardcore thrown in for good measure.
Bring In the Suck starts off with something I haven't heard in ages: the not-much-longer than 30 second hardcore song. "New Years" though fun and furious, ends all too short, but its still a nice touch. Then comes the Jawbreaker-esque "Problematic Emotions". This could have been a fairly straightforward track, yet I felt an appreciation when the time would change for short bursts of raw energy during the chorus. "Elitist Social Class" is the typical anthem dedicated to the punk rock lifestyle. Here there are a lot of dueling vocals and the song breezes by at lightning speed.
Clocking it at no more than 1:50, "Stealing Childhood", though sounding like a lighthearted tune, is an indictment on public schools. Again a song that ends too quick leaving many good ideas on the table. "The Best of Times" is probably my favorite track thanks to the heartfelt lyrics about memories, friends, family and basically days gone by. Towards the end there is a cool little breakdown featuring some classic pop-punk guitar playing. Its simple yet effective. The last song "Work and Suffer" is definitely their most Anti-Flag inspired and the similarity in vocals to the vocals of Chris 2 only adds to this.
For the most part Botox Party possesses more heart than a lot of pop-punk artist slowly being picked up by major labels and losing what once made them great (H2O). The only problem with this EP is the way the songs end, most just fade out on what could possibly be their most opportune moments. Nonetheless, these guys were a refreshing listen and I'll be looking forward to a major release.
-Jose Vela
09/28/07 - www.adequacy.net


(Up Chuck Records) I haven't heard music like this in awhile. Botox Party offers up a quick e.p. of early '90s punk goodness. The songs are fast and catchy and remind me a bit of The Larry Brrrds. The lyrics are good as well. This is one of those releases where the more I listen to it, the more I like it.
-- Mite Mutant (2007) - The Chicken Fish Speaks


Yes! This is like mid-1990's Fat Wreck Chords punk. It's about time someone decided to play this style again. Let's face it, there's money in pop punk, but a lot of it just blends together. Botox Party definitely stand out in a crowd. Think Lagwagon, Hi-Standard, and old Blink 182 style punk. It almost sounds too much like other bands, in a way, but it's definitely good and worth checking out. (Dana White) - Corn Zine


"Botox Party is a new trio comprised of a member each from I Live With Zombies, Red Angel Dragnet, and Centreline. For Richmond punks, this is a most promising lineup and their debut EP delivers in 6 short blasts. "New Year" is your first introduction to the increased aggressiveness in Chuck's already inspired songwriting. It's apparent the he's exorcising some demons, a few possibly relating to the sudden dissolution of ILWZ. Lucky for you, he always stays positive and saves the real anger for social issues like social security ("Work and Suffer') and punk elitists (Elitist Social Class"). Also helping Botox Party stand out in a genre that often lacks new ideas is their bleeding metal hearts. The shredding that you hear in "Stealing Childhood" brings a Swedish solo to mind, but once Botox Party drop the clutch, it's a tumbling bass, thrashing drums, dirty vocals, a few whoa-oh's, and all hardcore punk. And while the EP was recorded by some friends in Moravia, New York, these guys are veterans of a Richmond scene that cares less about fashion and more about community and DIY." - RVA Magazine


Discography

Bring In The Suck EP - 2006 UpChuck Recordz Productions

Botox Party self titled full-lentgh - 2008 Raise Your Fist Records - www.raiseyourfistrecords.com

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2008 rva magazine - Botox Party would have thrived in the late 80s East Bay punk scene. The 13 new songs and three re-recorded songs from their debut EP land somewhere in the middle of Operation Ivy, Green Day and Crimpshine. After playing at 924 Gilman, however, the guys would have probably slipped out the back to catch a Testament show.
The foundations for most of Botox Party’s songs lie in Chuck’s complicated thrash riffs (see “Elitist Social Class” and “No Ambition,” which recall Slayer and Maiden respectively). Brian (drums) and Danny (bass) are more than capable of keeping up, integrating their melodic hardcore bounce that drives the songs fast-forward. It’s a fresh sound for punk rock that succeeds largely because they play as a single unit. -

Botox Party has been together since October of 2006 and have been steadily touring, playing around 200 shows from coast to coast.