Detournement - Screaming Response
Record Label: Chunksaah/Pirate Press
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Detournement is defined as being the act of reusing elements of well-known media to create a new work with a different message. That is a fitting term for the band, Detournement, who recently released their debut EP, Screaming Response. The EP features eight songs of frantic energy that sound as if they could be b-sides to any of The Casualties or Rancid's records. Comprised of members from punk/hardcore acts such as Worthless United, Bigwig, Lifetime, Ensign, Plan a Project, and The Ratchets, Detournement have the potential to be a big street punk act.
Upon first listen, it is easy to hear the message Detournement want to get across: they aren't happy with the government. Who is? The only problem is, it's all been said and done before. As soon as the first song picks up, you are thrust straight in to the street punk that The Casualties are known for, and it never lets up. No track is longer than 1:30, except the Rancid-esque "No Estan Solos," which clocks in at 3:34.
This is not a bad album, not by any means. It's enjoyable and upbeat, but it's also been done before. This is an album that won't get many listens, as better options, such as The Casualties, Rancid, Anti-Flag, and Rise Against, are easily accesible. For those who enjoy the street punk of The Casualties, meet your new favorite band: Detournement.