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    Default Lit - The View From The Bottom

    online listen
    party rock for the most
    the clip was the best on here
    a tribute song for their passed drummer
    1.5 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Heres To Us

    released June 19th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    A major player throughout the post-grunge boom of the late '90s, Lit featured the combined talents of frontman A.
    Jay Popoff, his guitar-playing brother Jeremy, bassist Kevin Baldes, and drummer Allen Shellenberger. The group
    formed in 1990 in Orange County, California, where it initially performed metal-influenced music under the name
    Razzle. After changing their name, Lit began embracing a spunky brand of punk-pop that helped attract a local
    following in California. The group sold out local venues (including Club 369 in Fullerton) and issued two
    recordings: an EP, Five Smokin' Tracks from Lit; and the full-length Tripping the Light Fantastic, which arrived
    during the spring of 1997 and became a college radio hit.

    Lit then landed a contract with RCA Records, which released the follow-up effort A Place in the Sun two years later.
    This proved to be Lit's breakthrough record, as the catchy rock riffs of "My Own Worst Enemy," "Zip-Lock," and
    "Miserable" all paved the way for platinum sales. With "My Own Worst Enemy" topping the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks
    chart, Lit toured the country alongside groups like the Offspring, No Doubt, and Garbage. Furthermore, they
    performed a set at Woodstock 1999 and earned a spot on the 2000 Vans Warped Tour.

    A third album, Atomic, was released in fall 2001, spawning several singles including "Lipstick and Bruises." A self
    -titled album arrived in 2004, marking Lit's fourth full-length effort (as well as their first release on the Nitrus
    label). In 2008, drummer Shellenberger was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He died on August 13, 2009 at the age of
    39. Nathan Walker was added as the band's drummer and Lit began work on new material. In 2012, Lit released their
    fifth studio album, the Butch Walker-produced The View from the Bottom. They dedicated the album to Shellenberger.

    Abum Review - from allmusic

    Best known for their 1999 hangover anthem "My Own Worst Enemy," Lit were an unlikely candidate for journeyman rock
    band of the '90s California pop-punk scene. With a sound that found them lumped alongside such similarly minded
    "bro-pop" contemporaries as Smash Mouth, blink-182, and Sugar Ray, Lit were overshadowed by their success and seemed
    destined for the one-hit-wonder dustbin. But that notion doesn't figure in the band's self-effacing sense of humor
    and obvious knack for coming up with a great hook -- not to mention lead singer A. Jay Popoff's impassioned yelp of
    a voice. And while Lit have kept a lower profile since the '90s, they have continued to release catchy guitar rock
    albums, and 2012's The View from the Bottom finds the band returning to its pop-punk roots with a handful of catchy
    and anthemic party tracks. The album is also the band's first since losing original drummer Allen Shellenberger to a
    brain tumor in 2009, and one gets the sense that Lit are re-engaged here both emotionally and creatively. Kicking
    off with the soaring hard-rock number "C'Mon," the album is an immediate ear-catcher, bringing together the group's
    love of bombastic glam rock production and no-apologies party rock fun. To these ends, we get the exuberant hook-up
    anthem "You Tonight," the bittersweet midtempo ballad "She Don't Know," and the '80s power pop-inflected "You Did
    It." Elsewhere, Lit delve into dancey post-punk on the minor-key "Miss You Gone" and the ebullient girlfriend kiss-
    off number "Nothing's Free." Ultimately, while the album may be about the band's View from the Bottom (whether that
    be career woes, the loss of a friend, or the bottom of a shot glass), as the title of the rousing set closer
    implies, Lit definitely got it "Right This Time."

    Track Listing

    1. C'Mon
    2. You Tonight
    3. Same Sh*t, Different Drink
    4. Miss You Gone
    5. The Broken
    6. She Don't Know
    7. Nothing's Free
    8. You Did It
    9. Partner in Crime
    10. Here's to Us
    11. The Wall
    12. Right This Time
    A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
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