DAN PADILLA: Self-titled: CD

You know what I like about us? We’re too damn good, too damn drunk, and too damn ugly to be popular. All of this will never be ruined by an influx of shitty sixteen-year-old kids or a full color exposé as the latest threat to America’s youth in USA Today. Only fat people with drinking problems want to be/ care about fat people with drinking problems! This shit is foolproof until we die or get committed! I’ve never seen Dan Padilla, the man or the band, but I know for a fact that it’s bands like this that make me happy to be a part of all of this in whatever ways I find myself and charged to keep at it despite the deepening debt and Fest AIDS, which is sure to strike again this year, as it does every year. Musically, it’s just about what you’d expect from the sum of its parts (dudes from Tiltwheel, Bloodbath & Beyond, and Altaira). Gritty and a little jangly, at times almost a little country/ bluesy, pop punk with a touch of early Jawbreaker, Leatherface, and probably Hüsker Dü. Little confession…don’t much care for all that much Hüsker Dü. Sorry. Bonus points for stealing from New Order and The Misfits on one album. You have serious fucking problems in your life if you don’t like the song “Chaparral Real” from this record. Problems that I will probably have to fix with a lead pipe if we should meet in a dark alley.

 –Steve Stephenson (A.D.D.)