For Fans Of
Strung Out have been one of the
stalwarts of the Fat Wreck Chords family for more than a decade, and
with their seventh record under their belt, they don’t look like slowing
down any time soon.
Blackhawks Over Los Angeles is
something of a return to the traditional Strung Out sound. Their last
couple of records have had more of a metallic edge and while the band
has always had metal influenced guitar parts, the melodic punk that
Strung Out build their name around was somewhat lacking.
Opening with an acoustic guitar
passage which has an almost Latin feel was something I wasn’t expecting,
but the title track is classic Strung Out – complete with instantly
catchy vocals and guitar solos. “All The Nations” is another track
that is going to be a live favourite with its sing-a-long chorus.
Although the album loses some
of its punch in the mid section, “Downtown” is one of the strongest
songs that the band has produced in years.
While “Blackhawks Over Los Angeles”
isn’t as instantly classic as “Twisted By Design” or “Suburban
Teenage Wasteland Blues”, it is most definitely a return to form for
Strung Out. I’m looking forward to hearing these tracks live!
- Blackhawks Over Los
- Party In The Hills
- All The Nations
- A War Called Home
- Letter Home
- Dirty L