The band created by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is back after a 10-year hiatus with their album A Public Disservice Announcement, and it's certainly worth the wait!
The band was originally founded in the late 1990s as a collaboration with rapper TiLo on the eve of Tommy Lee's divorce from Pamela Anderson. The self-titled debut album was released back in 1999, and most of the songs were written when Lee was in jail. Lee announced 10 years later that he would reform Methods Of Mayhem and produce another album, but it would be a unique one as well.
A Public Disservice Announcement was created from renditions and parts submitted from people all over the world based on demos of each song that were posted online. There were over 10,000 recordings that were listened to, and they took the best and most fitting submissions to add to the final product, the result of which is very unique and diverse, just like the band itself.
The album starts off with a rock-rap song that could be a Blink 182/Third Eye Blind/Smash Mouth song, called "Drunk Uncle Pete" that has a very catchy chorus about Pete's constant drunkenness that I'm sure most people could relate to.
"Time Bomb" is the second track and is also the latest single/video that is out now. This continues the rock sound, but has a more punk feel too it. It is a great song to have as a single, due to its hooks and chorus that will keep you singing when you least expect it.
"Louder" has got to be one of my favorite tracks on the album, as it's a song that I can feel the emotion behind the lyrics. It also has a great mix of acoustics, with a slow, strong buildup.
The next song was the first single off the album, "Fight Song," and it's a much more harder song than the previous three songs. If you didn't care for the light rock vibe in those songs, you'll enjoy the hard crunchy riffs that are all over this one, which is emphasized with Tommy Lee's almost screaming vocals. One odd thing about this song is that about half the way in, the music drops down and then another voice starts speaking in a different language. It's something that probably was suggested from one of the 10,000 submissions, but I can't see how it fits with the rough edges of the rest of the song. Nonetheless, it won't stop me from listening to the song again!