Is it fair to say that punk, however you define the term, has gone through a crisis of cultural placement since the turn of the century? With the integration of poptimism, music for the strange-of-heart has, arguably, drifted away from raw guitars and caterwauls, folding their sensibilities into forms previously reconciled to mainstream radio. (See: SOPHIE, or the dour postures of SoundCloud rappers.) But the clutching of punk as a talisman of self-protection to ward off the lamestream was, in many ways, always a posture, right? So what you’re left with, really, is what was always there anyways: the sound of kicking against.
This is very bad writing.
(good album, can’t touch audit in progress ((but what can?)))
I was certain this was out last week, evenwent to Diverse to pick it up…irked.
My mate asked me to do a full leaderboard of where I would place all the major Frogberg and Speedo bands, namely (chronological):
- Hot Snakes
- The Night Marchers
Toughie. I haven’t heard Sultans and I’ve not heard loads of RFTC so currently I am mainlining those guys and will listen to Sultans after. Unfortunately Obits ended up almost at the bottom and I still love those guys :’(
Anyway, reckon: HS > RFTC > DLJ > NM > O > P
Although I actually do listen to Pitchfork loads but I think it’s just scrappy punky fun.
Yank Crime is still the best record they’ve done imo, but yeah HS’s (now) longevity puts them a class above over all
I’ve not heard Sultans but for me the order of the others would be;
RFTC > HS > NM > O > DLJ > P
may as well
dlj = hs > p = o > nm > rftc
I love a couple of rftc songs, but I can so rarely make it through an album of theirs. Brass, man, too - it just ain’t right.
the whole album is great right, but this song is so far ahead it’s almost unfair. It’s in the same realm of “mid-album belters” with ‘Suicide Invoice’ and ‘Audit in Progress’
Folks, I have bought this based on listening to half of one track and from all the adoration that has been given in this thread.
RFTC > DLJ > NM=Sultans > O > P
RFTC just ahead of DLJ for me. RFTC still the one for me and are still great when they play live now. Love the addition of the horns to punk/rock and roll. Seeing RFTC at Leeds fest around the time of Groups Sounds blew me away. Didnt realise a band could play catchy music that rocked so hard. Hope they releases a new album at some point.
Just realised Hot Snakes are missing!
RFTC > HS > DLJ > NM=Sultans > O > P
An impossible task. How can you rank the genius of Speedo and Froberg?
Something wrong with this sentence, sorry brass is so very, very right! Always thought it made their songs heavier and more meatier, tbh.
I’m probably just configured somehow wrong, got badly disposed sense organs - I want to like it, I just can’t!
Google even had the temerity to tell me this morning that it was out today.
I usually don’t attempt to listen to new releases until post-work to avoid exactly this frustration every Friday.