SURRENDER: Paper Thrones: LP

Surrender is a very good band. I want you to know that. Paper Thrones is as much a social project as it is a music project. Being so, the message—an important one of, basically, peace—is all over this record. In and of itself, that’s not a bad thing. But, when the message eclipses songs is when I lose interest in repeat listens. (This may sound strange, but I liken “talky” peace punk albums to comedy albums. They can be totally worth the first couple of listens, but I don’t find myself itching to put them on over and over again after I’ve digested what they’re putting down. George Carlin and Richard Pryor included.) And, so, in another digression, Paper Thrones reminds me of two unlikely musical/art signposts: Bongwaters’s Too Much Sleep and The Clash’s Sandinista, where there are great songs nestled inside of those records, but it’s just short of a chore to sit through the languid, ho-hum parts to get to the stuff that sounds like pure fire, like how I’d want a revolution to sound like. If that’s all a bit “what the fuck are you talking about?”, try this: didn’t live up to the promise of the lead-up 7”s. 

 –todd (Thrillhouse)