Sing Sing Death House [VINYL]
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Sing Sing Death House, the Distillers' second album, is an incredible storm of punk rock fury. Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz once called frontwoman Brody Armstrong's voice a "gravel truck with a broken axel," and his compliment isn't far from truth. The Australian native has a set of pipes on par with Joan Jett, Courtney Love (during Hole's Pretty on the Inside era) and Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata, as she growls like a rabid dog and sings like she survives on whiskey and cigarettes. Her lyrical material is just as rough, as Armstrong uses her songs to relive a past riddled with problems--but in place of self-pity is an enormously forceful resolve to kick down whatever walls stand before her. Between Armstrong's guttural screams and the band's razor sharp hooks, there isn't a weak spot in all 12 songs. Although the band sometimes races into fierce hardcore snarls, most of the album consists of musically upbeat anthems, so even if the song's issues are turbulent, there's a punk army optimism lining every dark cloud. For fans of intensely commanding female singers and solid, old school punk rock, the Distillers provide an excellent album through and through. --Jennifer Maerz
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But in songs like 'Bullet And The Bull's-eye' and the title track the real 'screw you' attitude comes to surface, with rapid and vicious backing, topped of with lyrics like, 'I am the bullet, you are the bull's-eye, When I hit there is nothing left' showing that Brody is blatantly not just a pretty face, but also a talented lyricist.
'City Of Angels', the Distillers mainstream breakthrough, is another song about the Los Angeles, that leaves the same mark as songs like 'Welcome To The Jungle.' The twisty and imaginative song words blend with heavy, fast guitar (Casper,Brody), Andy Outbreak's rapid and dominant drums as well as the simply superb bass provided by Ryan makes 'City Of Angels' a catchy and down-right hummable single that will make the Distillers, one day, as big as AFI or Rancid, knocking the corporate 'punk' bands of their high chair, bringing the world back to the glory days of Punk Rock.
This album sinks it's teeth into your jugular from the very begining and refuses to let go.
From the instant classic riffs of "Sick of it All" about the crazed killings in American High-Schools, you know this album is gonna be a goody.
The Bass-Lines are pure Rancid rip-off Jazz punked to the max and the vocals are Courtney on Crack... [but] she has more passion and soul in her little finger than Ms Love.
This is an album from the heart, ripped from the lungs and onto your stereo.
Subjects tackled are not mild either including the orignial Feminists in the 1840's (in "Seneca Falls") and the Homeless Problem in the, so-called, "City of Angels."
This album is so accomplished and a big step-up from the meagre offering that was the first Album (the initial gut reaction was there but the lyrics and musicmanship were mediocre.)
This album brings you up from the pop punka anthem that is "I am a Revenant" to the Hardcore sound of "Sing Sing Death House."
The last song "Lordy Lordy" is the dance around and be merry "So-Cal" sound... Fantastic, amazing.... err, I'm running outta adjectives here...
There is something for everyone on this album.... Not too long, not too short, just perfect.
Finally: I cannot recommend it enough... If you even remotely think of yourself as a punk fan, you have to have it, no really you do!
JUST BUY IT :P
Death House opens with the brain stomping ‘Sick of it all’, from the beginning it is clear that this album means to continue in the same way it’s started with full on chugging guitar, pounding bass, crashing drums and vocals that vary from melodic to hate filled with the lyrics to match. Despite lyrical subjects such as drug abuse, high school shootings and domestic violence it’s impossible not to want to get up and jump around the room with the CD on full blast.
Stand out tracks on the album include ‘The Young Crazed Peeling’ the biographical punk rock life story of Brody, ‘City of Angels’ a truly thunderous upbeat song and ‘young girl’ involving the tale of Gertie Rouge, a childhood friend of Brody’s from Australia.
Brody has been compared to Courtney Love on numerous occasions and this is where it should stop, yes Brody sounds like her sometimes but then again everybody is going to sound like someone and get compared to them if they’re in the music industry. The difference between Armstrong and Love is that Brody puts her heart, soul and innards into what she does and rocks the place down whilst doing so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brody at her guttural best and (modern) punk at its finest...where are these groups now....we need the anarchy!?Published 5 months ago by Braml_P
The CD itself and the case is all in near perfect condition, my only query with it is a couple of the plastic disc holder pieces are broken, so the disc doesn't quite stay in... Read morePublished on 10 April 2013 by Melody
This CD starts off really strong with the song "Sick of it All", and continues with 2 other good songs such as "Young Crazed Peeling" and "Sing Sing Death House", however I can't... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2011 by Ms. L. J. Braisby
I really wanted to like this CD, read the reviews, sounded just my kind of record. What a disappointment, with the huge exception of City of Angels this album is just a series of... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2010 by ReviewWithaView