WESTERN SETTINGS: Old Pain: CD

Mar 22, 2016

I love San Diego. It’s one of the farthest points in the United States from my home, yet from the few visits there, I actually ache for it. Western Settings’ sound is a piece of that yearning. Old Pain is warm and inviting, but with a strong undercurrent of melancholy. Friend-punk, ‘cause real friends go through all the emotions with you. That being said, beginning the six tracks with a rousing, heart-bearing singalong borders on the pre-ejaculate. Honestly, I burned this into my laptop, but completely changed the track chronology. Not saying it’s better than what the actual band decided, just saying I’m so invested in the songs I had to make it work for me. 

 –Matt Seward (La Escalera, laescalerarecords.com)

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