Released on February 27, 2001
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If it wasn't evident enough on 1999's trashy and glamorous Goodbye Private Life, THE KISS OFFS don't just love rock and roll, they have a destructive, co-dependent relationship with the genre and feel compelled to sing about it whenever possible. Rock Bottom is about, for, and because of rock. It directly addresses what it has done to their otherwise mundane middle class lives-they're poor, they're unemployed, they're dirty, they're continuously intoxicated, they're willfully destructive and they often sleep on floors, despite the fact that each is somewhat educated and comes from a good, loving family. As usual, the guitars skronk and spurt, the bass rumbles and belches, the drums pound like a polyrhythmic migraine, and the keyboards... sound pretty good, considering they use a Casio bought on sale at Sam's Club. Along The Kiss Offs' well-worn tour route, the band is known for their beer-soaked live shows, which often include climbing on amps, tables and other obstacles. They've hurled guitars, drums and themselves at stages, roofs, the audience and each other on numerous occasions, and on others they simply hurled. They've set themselves and others on fire and have outstanding warrants in at least three states. They've ordered fast-food from drive-through windows on foot. And they hide their heads in shame when these exploits are mentioned, because rock made them do it.