02.25 To Life
03.How Do I Get To You
04.I Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight
07.Heart Shaped Guitar
08.Am I Only Dreaming
09.Stick 'Em Up
10.Why Don't You Love Me In Real Life
12.Wish You Were Mine
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Release date: January 1 st, 2013
Reviewed by Roger Allen
There has been plenty of love songs composed over the years. Songs of two star crossed lovers searching the universe for each other and having a perfect life together. There has been quite a lack of material based from the point of view from a criminal, even bad people fall in love. To solve this deficit, welcome to Masked Intruder's self-titled album, full with songs of love, longing, and misdemeanors.
Masked Intruder takes previous pop-punk standards and throw them upside down. Musically, it retains the simple yet crunching riffs from earlier era Green Day and Blink-182; however does add a bit of doo-wop flavor, particularly on"Wish You Were Mine". Trying to show affection with a knife and ski mask has never been funnier with "Why Don't You Love Me in Real Life", especially with lyrics like "Every night in my sweetest dreams/ I get to hold you in my arms/ I try to get that real life honey/ You keep setting off your burglar alarm". My personal favorite is "Heart Shaped Guitar", a song that seems to parody the scene from Say Anything where Cusack holds up his boombox. Instead its about one of the Intruder's singing in the yard of the woman he adores, and her response to his advances. It does culminate in some really nice harmony between the singers.
While the album does hold the "pop" motif rather high, its kept rather tongue in cheek, and does lend to repeat listening, just to pick up on all of the attempts to find love while committing crimes. Take this as a recommendation to see them on tour and get their new album. Its great to hear something new from a new band that takes risks and nails it. With their recent signing to Fat Wreck, we can only hope their will be more of them in the future.