It took me a long time to jump on the I Can Lick Any SOB bandwagon. I though the few songs of theirs I'd heard a little crude (although "Westboro Baptist Church" holds a special place in my heart) and just a bit screamy. I changed my mind when I stumbled across Suburban Home Records' Bandcamp page. I spent the last two weeks of the school year blasting The Sounds of Dying in the photocopy room, coworkers be damned. I got there first.
So I jumped at the change to get Mayberry in my sticky little paws. Mayberry feels a little more laid-back than their previous work. But that doesn't mean anything to you if you haven't heard these guys before, so I'll put it this way: instead of ripping your heart out and stomping on it, Mayberry tears you open and gives you an Epi-pen straight to the aorta.
romeosidvicious over at Ninebullets described the album as bleak. (PS, you should read the review as it's a great piece of writing. It's changed my approach to writing about music.) I don't think that's necessarily true. I see the foregone, romantic, defiance that draws me to bands like Two Cow Garage. Life is a battle, sure, but at least Michael Dean Damron is going to go down with a fight.
Dead By Christmas Time
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