However, Bent Left's travels, booking treks to Alaska and Japan, and college classes have informed such recent discs as 2004's Steal Back the Government and 2005's Skeletons in Your Closet. The band's sound has evolved as well: Initially as happy and hook-driven as fellow phallus obsessives Blink-182, Bent Left has gotten grittier, with rugged street-punk vocals and rowdy "whoa-oh" sing-alongs. Then again, its stage banter showcases a goofy sense of humor -- intact from those formative years -- that keeps its concerts free from tough-guy posturing and stuffy speechifying.
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