It is such a welcome change to hear an album sound exactly like the band. No over producing, no gimmicks and nothing that you would not hear live. This is exactly what you get from “Spit & Argue” the latest album from The Greenery. One listen and you are transformed back into the mosh pit or stage diving through every song. This album is just what you would expect from a bunch of hardcore skate kids. Brash and unapologetic heavy music that you can skate, drink, work out whatever your desire. The album starts off with the title track “Spit & Argue” just 1:33 of pulsating guitar, bass and drums that provides the mosh pit vision. You can almost see singer Matt Lanners pounding his chest as he paces the stage. By the time the vocals kick in you are lost in complete and utter hardcore bliss. Then comes “Hollow Bodies” a passionate tale of the trials of trying to make it in life while doing it all for yourself. You can hear the pain in every scream as the guitar riffs take you on an amazing voyage through young life. “Faceplant” is an ode to all skateboarders that will simply make you grab your board and shred. “20 12 packs” unloads a fast pace recollection of the loss of the American Dream. The vocals, pulsing drums and bass carry you as the guitars toss you across the pit in an all-out stage dive. “Dragged Beneath” is a perfect mix of metal and punk as Lanners describes those that have opposed what he and his band mates have endured in trying to bring their style of music to the masses. For some, you might be able to hear the resentment of everyone in the area trying to do the same thing that Sublime did and forgetting the originality for a quick paycheck. “Snakes & Rats” is fast without question one of the fastest songs on this record. You can definitely tell this band has had their share of ups and downs in dealing with the industry on this song. Whether they are talking about friends or industry types this song is explosive. The lyric “Friendship cast aside, it will haunt you ‘til you die. You were wrong and now it’s true, we deserve this more than you” spells out exactly how this band feels about those who have wronged them. “Lowest” is definitely their anthem and the crowd favorite at shows. This song takes their friends and fans on a ride of all the things that are right and wrong with the entitlement generation. Paying homage to all the broken promises that have been made and laying the groundwork for making it in life your own way on your own terms. “Highest” starts off like its destined to be a heavy metal song but just as your thinking maybe Motley Crue is on the album the band erupts into their signature style of hard guitar, pulsing drums and bass to lead you back into the pit. While this is a good song and Lanners is still screaming his heart out in anguish over what appears to be the US Military’s lack of support, this song is not the strongest on the album. “Tracker” also starts off reminiscent of the days heavy metal ruled the airwaves but jumps into a faster pace than “Highest” and keeps the pit moving in such frenzy that your mind may just explode with drunken anguish. The guitars are more prominent as they battle throughout this song. “Crimewave” ends this album just as it started full of fast paced mayhem as the band crawls through where the sewers meet the sea.
When all is said and done The Greenery really captured themselves on “Spit & Argue”. Matt Lanners vocals, Derek Thomas guitar, Mike Stone guitar, Brandon Richardson bass and Zach Smith drums have all paid their dues in the music scene. They have worked hard touring with a minimal budget never complaining and always showing up to give the kids what they came to see. This album is an example for anyone who is starting out in their scene of what you can accomplish when you’re done taking the high road.