In Rear-View: United Mistakes by Lemon Law

Formed in Central New York, Lemon Law has been busting out fast paced, in your face punk rock since 2001. After several lineup changes over the last (almost) two decades, Lemon Law consists of Jason

Formed in Central New York, Lemon Law has been busting out fast paced, in your face punk rock since 2001. After several lineup changes over the last (almost) two decades, Lemon Law consists of Jason Pontero on bass and vocals, Jeff Huntley on guitar and Jake Holcomb on drums. They draw heavy inspiration from Fat Wreck bands such as NOFX, Strung Out and Lagwagon as well as quite a bit of 80’s punk like RKL. Priding themselves on being 100% DIY, Lemon Law owns their own studio, 12B Studios and even makes their own CDs.

Released on February 20, 2020, United Mistakes, is Lemon Law’s 9th album. “We’re currently living in a time of populist right wing extremism, which directly influenced the majority of these tunes,” says Pontero. Lyrically, United Mistakes, hits hard on many levels. Lemon Law seemed to trade in their stoner vibe that is pretty prominent on previous records for brutal honesty and political frustration. Grabbing the listener’s attention immediately, this is Lemon Law’s best written album to date. 

The band also feels this record is their best work thus far “and that’s because Jake is on it. Jake is by far the best drummer we’ve ever had,” says Huntley. Throughout most of the record, Holcomb’s drumming is fast as lightening. Songs such as “Don’t Call Me A Millennial” slow it down a bit, but still provide listeners with that SoCal punk sound. Other than the addition of Holcomb on drums, Pontero says this was the first time that the band crafted an album with each member agreeing on all aspects. With everyone adding a bit of their own style, United Mistakes was mixed, mastered and produced in the band’s studio.

“Epitome of Stupidity” is the stand-out track on the record, in my opinion. The lyrics are so relevant to what is happening in society right before our eyes and the music just (excuse my language) fucking rips. While talking with the band, “Kyle the Pedophile” seemed to be a favorite amongst the three of them. With a chunky bass line and killer guitar, this two minute ripper tells a dark story as the listener gets to know Kyle. This song evokes strong feelings from the listener much like others on the album, achieving exactly what Lemon Law wanted.

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