GRABASS CHARLESTONS: Dale & The Careeners: CD

Is it a surprise that I don’t think about the Grabass Charlestons all that much anymore? Seven years since the release of their last LP finally brings us the third Grabass Charlestons full length and, boy, is it different. The growl and harshness of the previous records has been turned down and the Replacements influence turned way, way up. All of this might have been abled by the addition of a fourth Charleston, who seems to have taken over drumming duties from Will. If you are a fan of previous Grabass albums, I would suggest you check this out, but be warned about the potential shock value of what’s to come. If you’ve never dug the Charlestons before, I’d recommend giving this one a listen. As songwriters, I don’t think the band has ever come close to some of the songs on this record.

 –Bryan Static (No Idea, noidearecords.com)