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Accidental Gentleman

February 13th, 2008 · post by jas · Make a comment

Record label: SideOneDummy

It’s been about a zillion years since I heard this lots name bandied about. What have they been up to? I don’t think I’ve even heard them since MC Lars sampled one of their songs on iGeneration.

According to the press bumf, they have been touring America in a van powered by vegetable oil, which is somehow fitting.

Anyway, if you don’t know Piebald it’s nice clean punk. You know, the kind that wouldn’t be too out of place on Xfm or similar stations. This CD isn’t an exception – 13 tracks of straightforward poppy-oddball noise.

According to guitarist and vocalist Travis Shettel, the recording of this CD was “haphazard”, as they “are gentlemen at heart, but a but sloppy”. These admissions just add to the charm of the album.

‘Strangers’ has a Defiance, Ohio janglyness going on which is always endearing. ‘Roll On’ is a vocal-led tribute to going out and riding bikes, with some slightly disturbing child gurgling and bike noises in the middle. The entire last minute and a half is just the sound of a wheel spinning, totally messing with your head.

Ultimately, Accidental Gentleman is full of sweet songs which aren’t offensive to the ears. As ‘Getting Mugged and Loving It’ says “there will always be monks and monkeys”. I’m not sure what it means, but I think it sums up this album.

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