I saw them on their reunion tour, after they'd started introducing a few new songs to the set. i particularly remember one song with a chorus that went something like "yes sir, no sir, have a ncie day sir" about how "the customer is always right" and how hard it is working a customer service job. it was horrible- i had the chorus to Rage's "Down Rodeo" running through my head the whole time ("so now i'm rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun, these people ain't seen a brown-skinned man since their grandparents bought one") i mean, if that was their idea of social injustice and a protest song... they were doing a ton with drum loops too, and it sounded as if they hadn't quite integrated it into their "sound."
I'm hoping things have changed a bit since then? This was over a year ago...
(oh, and re: vernon- i swear to god the guy's just playing pentatonic licks with really fast chromatic connections- thoughtless shred, basically. but, the thing is, he makes sure he lands on "useable" notes, so it totally works. There's a lot that could be learned fromt hat, iMO...)