Friday, January 18, 2013
Five Iron Frenzy -- Our Newest Album Ever!
Well, here is the recording that introduced me, and I am willing to bet, your average listener, to Five Iron Frenzy. The band quickly followed up their debut, Upbeats and Beatdowns, with an album that is better in every way. Our Newest Album Ever! features better songwriting, more diverse performances, and production that is leagues improved. Despite the relative ephemerality of ska, horns are a timeless instrument, and this album is just as fun today as it was fifteen years ago. While Our Newest Album Ever! does contain a levity of emotion only a young band can posses, Five Iron Frenzy continue to further the lyrical themes found on their first album. The injustice suffered Native Americans, the importance of God over nationalism, and the plight of the everyday nerd are all explored in depth. Vocalist, Reese Roper, continues to further develop his cool uncool persona, as well, and he employs humor as often as anything. Our Newest Album Ever! might be the only album in history to gather together such diverse topics as subsisting on nothing but beef jerky logs and hot dogs, tying up wayward band members, receiving wedgies, Kitty Doggy creatures, hair implements tossed out of car windows, the foibles of Canada, and the legendary terror of Godzilla.
I mentioned ephemerality above, and my favorite track from Our Newest Album Ever!, "Fistful of Sand," is about just that. It also features more complex horn-work in its middle section than anything the band had done up to that point. It still sounds cool in 2012. Timelessness vs ephemerality. Deep man.
Look at that room full of nerds!
1997 Five Minute Walk / SaraBellum Records
1. Handbook For The Sellout 3:28
2. Where Is Micah? 2:55
3. Superpowers 3:23
4. Fistful of Sand 4:18
5. Suckerpunch 3:32
6. Kitty Doggy 0:41
7. Blue Comb '78 3:04
8. Banner Year 4:13
9. Second Season 3:45
10. Litmus 4:05
11. Oh, Canada 3:15
12. Most Likely To Succeed 3:57
13. Every New Day (includes hidden track "Godzilla") 10:13