Album Of The Day: Suplecs ? Mad Oak Redoux


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geschrieben von: Roadburn Festival geschrieben am: 06.11.2010 um: 07:38 Uhr

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While some other New Orleans bands took to the skies and fled to gallivant drunkenly on European tours in the devastated aftermath of Hurricane Katrina ? maybe even going so far as to document it on recently-released DVDs; as if to flaunt how quick they were, when shit got rough, to abandon the town after which they may or may not have, say, named their first album ? Suplecs, never as commercially viable, never as dominant in the press, never selling out big halls, were right fucking in it. Having their shit stolen. Having the walls of their practice space come down. Having to deal with it not as a band, but as people. Wondering where each other were. Not wanting to, but having to leave.

I remember interviewing Suplecs bassist / vocalist Danny Nick late in 2005 when they put out Powtin? on the Outside Pawty on the Inside on Nocturnal Records, and the trauma was palpable. If that album was just trying to cope with what happened to the band and its individual members, then their new offering on Small Stone, Mad Oak Redoux, is a look at their experience from some distance and perspective. There?s some anger ? ‘FEMA Man’, ‘World?s on Fire’ ? some disappointment ? ‘Try to Build an Engine’ ? and an almost defiant spirit of strength, which comes out right away in opener ‘Stand Alone.’ On that track and the later ‘Stepped On’, Suplecs lets their punk roots through, ‘Stand Alone’ offering the title line in the chorus for one of Mad Oak Redoux?s most memorable and urgent excerpts. Hearing it from these guys, I believe it, just like I believe it when either Nick or guitarist Durel Yates ? who also handles vocals ? confesses ?I just thank the good lord above I got good friends in Austin, Texas? on ‘FEMA Man.’

Mad Oak Redoux isn?t all punk and Katrina-fueled angst. On centerpiece cut, ‘Hawgjaw’, the trio harkens back to their earlier, fuzzier days of albums like Wrestlin? with My Lady Friend (2000) and Sad Songs? Better Days (2002) blending in a newfound sonic spaciousness and eventually grounding the track in some appreciably complex licks from Yates, drummer Andrew Preen having no problem matching his meter and force to any of the styles the song adopts.

Continue reading: The Obelisk Blog Archive Suplecs Get a Reboot on Mad Oak Redoux.
(Special thanks to JJ Koczan for the very kind permission)

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