Human Parts’ debut album may not be as good as Against Me!’s best work but it has a cutesy quality nonetheless. There is something to be said for former Against me bass player Andrew Seward doing whatever the fuck he feels like. I mean, that’s what punk is all about, right?
Seward – who left Against Me! to focus on family and friends – lets go of all preconceived notions of what his songs should sound like and as a result ends up with a ramshackle collection of tunes that sound like Against Me! one minute (“Now We Wake Up”, “Best Foot Forward”) while “Cliff And Eli” heads for hardcore territory. Along with his wife Vertie and a couple of good friends, they boxed this self-titled album together and you can hear them having a good time. If they manage to write a couple more tracks like “Now We Wake Up” next time and a couple less like, say “The Rumble”, I’m in. For now I’m staying on the fence about Human Parts.