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Dillinger Four

Cival War

January 27th, 2009 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

Like so much of the music that passed through my ears in the early 21st century, i first became aware of Dillinger Four via the aid of a Fat Wreck compilation. After hearing the instantly addictive chorus to their tune ‘!Noble Stabbings!’ I went on to discover their thoroughly solid back catalogue and became a definite fan, thus prompting my mildly eager anticipation of their latest offering ‘CIVILWAR’.

The opener, ‘a jingle for the product’, ticks all the proverbial boxes; cool/quirky intro sample (tick), punchy first riff (tick), awesome ‘too many cigarettes perhaps’ voice singing some good lyrics (tick), slightly different but nevertheless different enough riff as a pre chorus (tick), fucking quality half speed sing along chorus (tick). Other particular highlights for me are the pop-disguised-as-a-basement-punkrock-song: ‘gainesville’ and the dual-vocal-trade-off-and-rock-out: ‘like eye contact in an elevator’. The Dillinger Four sound as a whole is slightly dirty guitars, pretty-fast-but-not-blast rockin/pounding drums, thoughtful street poet lyrics and a main vocal that i’m totally nuts over.

Basically, you can file this one under two categories-

1) If you like Dillinger Four, you’ll like this record

2) If you’ve never heard Dillinger Four before, this aint a bad place to start

I liked it.

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