Though the band members dis critics -- even those who give them good ink -- on their Website, I'll go out on a limb and say that this is the best record of 30footFALL's nearly decade-long career. Granted I haven't heard any of their eight previous releases or approximately twenty compilation appearances, but to put it in punk terms, who the fuck has that kind of time anyway? I have seen them live, and the sound and the fury of The Doppler Effect matches their onstage intensity and stands out as a fine release of sheer balls-shattering punk rock. What sets 30footFALL apart from other more punk-lite acts ("Hey, we looove Blink-182 and New Found Glory!") is its underlying layer of nonnihilistic aggression. Vocalist Butch spits out sufficiently insouciant words over the white-hot musical lightning of guitarist Jason, drummer Brian, and the ever-reliable bassist Rubio. And for a band that once named a record for the catalog number of a mail-order crack pipe, the bandmates are surprisingly clear-headed and succinct about their sound. Highlights like the upbeat "Hooray," "Breaking the Weather," and the sounds-of-solitude "Don't Open the Door" all feature a melodic blast that could only be derived from the players' comfortable abandon with one another.
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The Doppler Effect finds the venerable punkers in fine, powerful form. Since the recording, the band has announced the full-time return of Delron (guitar/vocals) and a "rotating" lineup of three drummers. Let's hope they won't all show up for the same gig and demand solos. It would be hard to fit them into a two-and-a-half-minute number.