Four Deadly Questions bash you over the head with gritty punk that ingrains it’s catchy hooks into your brain and then The Answer Lies brand of breakneck speed plus old school punk and a dash or four of yelling matches kicks your teeth in!
Q: What’s flat, shiny and sounds like trashy coed Brooklyn punk and nail-spitting hardcore from Las Cruces? A: The new CD split from Four Deadly Questions and The Answer Lies!
Today has been one of those days. Well, not just today, but this semester as a whole just keeps piling on top of me. Like some poor bastard in a Mike Judge script, every day of my life seems to be worse than the last. I hate school. I’m tired of reading more than I sleep. I hate answering to professors who get paid to be dickheads. I’m sick of people telling me what to do. This split is the soundtrack of my day. And God help me if it is, but quite possibly the soundtrack of my semester. The confederation of Four Deadly Questions and the Answer Lies is easily the most appropriate pairing for a split since Bad Astronaut and Armchair Martian teamed up for War of the Worlds on September 11, 2001. Yet while the latter provided the soothing drawl of Jon Snodgrass and introspecticism of Joey Cape, the music on the Four Deadly Questions / the Answer Lies split is more suited for snarling lips and clenched fists. And better yet, both supply such with a sardonic sense of humor that can vindicate even the bitchiest of moods. Four Deadly Questions kicks off their end of the split with “Get Your Nunchucks and Your Dad’s Car; I Know Where We Can Get a Gun.” At 3:12, the song nearly doubles the length of any other track on the split, and starts slowly with a fairly routine AC/DC-like riff. Deceptively building on a measured — though not altogether restrained — verse, the band then launches into a male-female combo that somehow collectively channels Jello Biafra with Selby Tigers. After speeding through the buzzsaw hardcore of “All Things Inconsiderate,” they return to a chunkier, riff-heavy rhythm for “Bottom Rung” that features a plodding cowbell and harsh but effective combination of raw-throated shouts paired with sweet female vocals. Four Deadly Questions hits their pinnacle with the bouncy hardcore of “Get Well / Funeral,” which again capitalizes on the contrast of male and female singing styles. While Four Deadly Questions raced through their half of the split, the Answer Lies fly through their portion, pumping out five songs in six minutes. Their gritty, no-soap approach to hardcore is reminiscent of something like Zeke — only if they were on speed instead of acid, and recorded in a dingy basement instead of the Blasting Room. Hosting song titles like “Pink Bandana,” “Rewriting History One Water Tower at a Time” and “Blood and Fur,” the Answer Lies punch through the speakers like a steel-toed boot to the teeth. “Political Song for My Emoticon to Sing” amusingly references the Minutemen, though sonically recalls more MDC or JFA than Boon and Watt, with a breakneck velocity and inaudible shouts. If shared pain halves the grief, then shared pissed doubles the pissed. If and when I begin beating my head against a wall, I will most certainly do so with the support of Four Deadly Questions and the Answer Lies blasting through the speakers. Thanks guys, I needed this.
On this split, Four Deadly Questions kick things off with a song that starts out like “Blue Orchid” by the White Stripes. They quickly move on to successfully incorporate other styles of punk, hardcore, and garage rock. The not-too-dirty-but-not-too-clean-mid-fidelity recording and blown-out vocals suit the style, and there are great girl vocals on a couple of the choruses, especially “Bottom Rung.” The Answer Lies is more straight forward in their approach to punk-edged hardcore, and the “I gargle broken glass” vocal style made me think of Filth. In fact, that’s an apt description of the music as well. Good stuff from both bands, with Four Deadly Questions winning by a nose.
(JC) Punk Planet #79 May/June 2007
Four Deadly Questions are a straight forward punk band, incorporating the hint of female vocals here and there, which, in the end, soften the overall crass-ness of their sound. Not bad, and their riffs are catchy. Their bass sound is classic and reminds me of The Chemical People’s sound which is old school and brings a smile to my face. They are sloppy enough to seem punk credible and I like them more with each listen. As for The Answer Lies, they are a bunch of Japanese teen pop and pretty much suck. Well, now that ain’t really the truth, now is it? The Answer Lies continue to get better. I keep telling them the more they scream and the less they sing the better. More speed, more booze, and less of anything otherwise. Case in point here. Five songs that rip right by you and leave no trace, nor any explanation as to why your ass might be sore. Pretty good for a bunch of pricks.
Five lo-fi rock n roll tracks from New York’s Four Deadly Questions and another five from New Mexico’s speed-punkers The Answer Lies. Of the two, the highlight in my opinion is 4DQ – evoking the sound of the Selby Tigers and falling right in the line of their NYC countemporaries The Shemps and I Farm, they play shout-along garage rock anthems that lose no aggression in translation from their rooftop shows to the recorded format. The Answer Lies play not a single song that lasts two minutes in length, and the CD is capped off with 30 seconds of “Thundercats” outtakes, which once again begs the question, what the fuck is a samophlange?
(Jackson Ellis) Verbicide Magazine, Issue 18
The first song is titled “Get Your Nunchucks and Your Dad’s Car; I Know Where We Can Get a Gun” this is a good song. It makes me wonder if I can say the right stuff about Four Deadly Questions’ songs so you will go and get a hold of this split. The vocal parts are way good. They seem to have two vocals going, not on every song, but enough for it to be noticed as being rad. They are fairly distinctive in and of themselves, like either singer could have a totally different band with awesome vocals, but they are singing together and in different styles, and it works well. You could mix beer with more beer and get down to this stuff. The Answer Lies are straight out the box wild eyed and arms flying, knocking down everything in your house and when your shit falls to the floor and breaks it somehow becomes better, more prized, but still broken. And you don’t care cause that was only the first song. A few minutes later “A Political Song for My Emoticon to Sing” plays and you think it’s pretty tight and then you realize there’s only two more songs on this split and you’ve written the whole review in the time it took to listen to the thing, and you hope you’ve said something good bout this CD.
(Puddin’ Foot) Rise and Fall of the Harbor Area #9 Jan-April 2007
Four Deadly Questions: Trashy punk with lo-fi vocals that doesn’t cling to none of the now-annoying ‘60s clichés. It’s loud and raw in all the ways it should be. Felt kinda cool ‘cause I didn’t need any Feckweed to figure out where the title of the first song came from. The Answer Lies: Great hardcore that may not be as fast as some, but manages to sound just spastic enough to get the blood pumpin’.
(Jimmy Alvarado) Razorcake #35 December 2006
Here are two very well-suited bands (other than the fact that they have questions and answer in their names) because even though their approaches are different, their direction and purpose is the same. Both bands create a hell of an impact through simple and confrontational punk rock but THE ANSWER LIES are the show-stealers of this split for me with their fast and attacking hardcore punk that’s fucking spirited and wild. They have the ingredients that make me drool and that excites me and it’s hard to find bands that can still excite me these days. FOUR DEADLY QUESTIONS are so close but THE ANSWER LIES just have the edge over them in my opinion. In fact, FOUR DEADLY QUESTIONS have the more interesting sound of the two bands but it’s THE ANSWER LIES’ straightforward-ness that sucks me in and won’t spit me out. Awesome split.
No Front Teeth Webzine
4DQ are from Brooklyn, but are not what you’d expect, with back and forth vocal assault (male/female) on top of loud guitars and uptempo punk beats. TAL is much less polished and more of a deranged punk monster from New Mexico. Each band gives 5 exclusive songs here on this release. No lyrics in the booklet, but from what I could gather are humor based songs with songs like “Get Your Nunchucks and Your Dad’s Car; I Know Where We Can Get a Gun.” A decent split release, though the packaging was on the basic side.
(Dave) Slug & Lettuce #89 Autumn 2006