DUDE JAMS / SHANG-A-LANG / GORDON GANO’S ARMY / DAN PADILLA: 4-way Split: 7″EP

Dude Jams: Wow, an unreleased Toys That Kill song. I kid, I kid, but, fuck, son, it sounds like Todd Congelliere singing—I can almost see him swallow the microphone at the end of the song. I like it, but it wouldn’t hurt Dude Jams too bad to make their own sounds. Shang-A-Lang: Dudes are still bummed and wrapped in existential anguish. The song asks: Life don’t mean shit, so why get out of bed? Answer: to make DIY anthems for the dispossessed. I swear, if there wasn’t a lyric sheet, you’d think they’d be singing about how fun their last bike ride was. Gordon Gano’s Army: Flawless mid-pace, melodic British punk (from Britain, not just sounding like it) that’s got that effortless Smalltown quality to them. Clean, anxious, and on target. Dan Padilla: Yeah, pretty much hoard all you can by these dudes. Lyrically, their song takes a look at the pressures of developing an acute assholeishness in order to curry the favor of one’s father on the football field into a mini-epic of a song. The math’s right. Two-thirds of Tiltwheel, with a Gene spliced in, and they haven’t done an ass song yet.

 –todd (Fast Crowd / Dirt Cult)