Reviewed by Bobby Gorman
"I’ve always been a casual fan of Tsunami Bomb. Whenever they were mentioned in an article, I would read it; and I liked hearing their songs on compilations, or streaming the odd track from purevolume. So when they passed through here a couple months ago as part of the Grind Tour, I jumped at the opportunity to see them; and they didn’t let me down. To this day, I still don’t own a copy of The Ultimate Escape, the band’s 2002 release; but after having listened to The Definitive Act, I think I may just head out to the store to pick up a copy of their previous release.
Anyone who has ever heard a song by Tsunami Bomb should remember that they are fronted by the one and only, and extremely talented, Agent M. Her powerful female vocals bring a breath of new air into a slightly saturated scene; and unlike many female vocalists, she doesn’t hold anything back in her vocals. She goes full force and changes from nice soft, to screaming at times, to just a wide range of vocals harmonies throughout the songs. This time M takes the album in a slightly darker area with dark lyrics covering everything. Dawn On A Funeral Day is about being buried alive, 5150 is about being depressed but getting out of it (“If we all took our lives when living was troublesome, we’d all be dead!“), while safety song starts off with them digging their own graves. Changing the tone a bit, they have songs about the musical scene, Four Robots And An Evil Scientist depicts the story of a band being forced to do what they don’t to do to make their label happy, A Lonely Chord has M comparing herself to a chord without a song, while Negative One To Ten talks about the power a song can have on a person.
M always has a way to pull you into the song, and when Matt and Mike join in, you can’t help but get energized (take Safety Song for example). The Definitive Act is a great punk album. It is one that I will listen to quite often. Although, in all honesty, there are a few fillers here and there that you will feel like skipping everyone in a while. But overall, there are some classic songs on this album that will only help to further their band’s popularity."