Released: OCTOBER 28, 2014 Fat Wreck Chords
Hang has been out since October but I have been reluctant to give it a listen until the last few weeks. Honestly the album cover was the reason that I hesitated. Not that I am easily offended or that I dislike the album cover at all but I’ve had several friends that have hung themselves and just seeing a noose is a reminder of that; therefore I knew I would have to be in the right mindset. I also am afraid of swarms of bees, but never the less I can appreciate the symbolism. Click Here to Purchase
With that being said the album is brilliant and I am glad I finally decided to listen.
There are several stand out tracks on this LP but for me track #6 is by far the song that stands out the most. In fact I would go as far to say that this song could possibly be one of the best punk songs every written. Obsolete Absolute touches on the fact that many people and their skill-sets are endangered or rendered worthless in modern times. Just an amazing concept, which makes me think I should be writing this review with my old typewriter.
“One More Song” was written for longtime friend and fellow musician Tony Sly of No Use For A Name, who passed away in 2012. This song begins with a melodic vocal and piano underlay followed by an anticipated punk rock beat; I say anticipated because this is Lagwagon after all, but never the less the message remains the same despite the intensity. Joey Cape’s lyrics are strong, heartfelt and almost guilt driven, as if he could’ve done something to save Tony. Stand Out Lyrics “but somewhere in each day I recall, that crooked smile, last few years to calculate all the ways I could have changed your fate.” “Tony, we’ll always long for one more song.”
I strongly urge music fans to purchase this album, you won’t be disappointed.
1. Burden of Proof
3. Made of Broken Parts
4. The Cog in the Machine
5. Poison in the Well
6. Obsolete Absolute
7. Western Settlements
8. Burning Out in Style
9. One More Song
11. You Know Me
12. In Your Wake
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When I first heard of Uke-Hunt, I had to say the band’s name five times fast. When I first heard the album I had to listen to it five times over. Uke-Hunt is the latest creation by Spike Slawson who is known best for his lead vocals for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and playing bass for the Swingin’ Utters. Slawson recruited comrades and punk-rock veterans Randy Burk (percussion), Jamin Barton (saxophone, melodica, harmonica, etc.) and Joe Reposo (upright bass) to join him in creating a uniquely shaped sound that is 100% unplugged; with the exception of the microphones of course.
Now I’m a punk rocker “yes I am” but I am a musician first and foremost and I find the quality of the musicianship in this band and on this album to be the perfect representation of just how talented “punk” rock musicians actually are. Uke-Hunt covered ten songs that many of you would otherwise never listen to and pumped new life into them, i.e., The Carpenters “End of the World”. I’ve always like the song itself but Karen Carpenter’s soft delivery was a little too pussy for me so Uke-Hunt’s version now lets me appreciate this song as I feel it should be. When I spoke with Spike in person at Amnesia Rockfest I mentioned Karen Carpenter to him and I could see she holds a soft spot in his heart.
Now don’t expect a to hear faster tempo traditional punk rock covers just because of the band mates having that particular background but do expect to hear really cool versions of some rather easy-listening tunes. These songs kind of remind me of my Mom and I know these songs have a special meaning to Spike so perhaps they remind him of songs that he grew up hearing his parents listening to. The only thing missing from this album is the crackling from the needle on the record so if this is available on vinyl that may be the suggested way to purchase it.
UKE-HUNT track listing:
2. Animal Farm
3. End of the World
4. Green, Green Grass of Home
5. Enjoy the Silence
6. Needles and Pins
7. The Prettiest Star
9. Rainy Days and Mondays
10. Ready to Take a Chance Again
I recommend this album to true open-minded music lovers who can appreciate Uke-Hunt’s transformation of these classics.
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New music from Bishop “Hate Wide Open” which will be on their next album set for release sometime in 2015
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Released Nov 11, 2014 Click Here to purchase $wingin’ Utter$ Fistful of Hollow Stefon Zelesky had this to say: “Fat Wreck’s hottest new release is “Fistful of Hollow” The Bay area’s $wingin’ Utter$ are back with the answer to your punk rock prayers!” “This album has everything! The Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, now serving baby formula intravenously and at a more than fair price. It will make you ask the question “Is that Neil Peart playing the ear drum? Nope, you’ll be amazed as the world’s tiniest person is stowed away on a Q-tip and journeys his way through the auditory canal singing “from Albany to Buffalo”, while clacking his little balls and teeth simultaneously. The Moons are pluralized, Alice has no Wonderland, The Tibetan Book of the Damned in both English and Spanish, here you are garbage (the good kind) and did I mention fists? Lots and lots of fists!”
Rob Smittix says: “Fistful of Hollow brings us back to the days when punk was punk and pop was shit.” This is a must have album and I have had the song “I’m Not Coming Home” on repeat for days! $wingin’ Utter$ “Fistful of Hollow” Purchase it HERE!