Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Slow Death - Turnstile Comix #1
So, I guess it's about to be Mitch Clem night over here at Idle and the Bear. Basically, I'm pumping out this review of The Slow Death's new EP, which is accompanied by a Mitch Clem comic about the band's tour stories. And after this little review, I'm going to be reviewing that Belle and Sebastian tribute album that Mitch Clem put out with Jeoaf Johnson under the bandname The Tigermilks. So yeah, it's somewhat a Mitch Clem night. If you don't know who Mitch Clem is, then you're fired from punk rock. Unless you're not into punk rock as it is. If that's the case, you can check out his comics over at his website. Don't worry, you have plenty of time to catch up with the rest of us, because he NEVER FUCKING UPDATES IT. So, you're pretty much set!
Okay so, in typical Minneapolis fashion, this band has a lot of energy and dedication to their music, but they also aren't releasing anything groundbreaking or original. You've most likely heard these songs before, but played by other bands with different words. That being said, I think this EP is pretty awesome. It's a bit softer than I would typically go for, but it still has a good amount of power behind it. Really, this album can be summed up as this really awesome, gritty song "Punchlines", accompanied by some decent catchy songs to take up time until "Punchlines" plays again. Luckily, during this period of rest, you have the song "Sorry Bout My Drinkin", which is also a great one. But it's a cover, so I don't know how much it counts.
So basically, your main point in buying this record would be for the comic book Mitch Clem did for it. I mean, it's also a sort of pop punk supergroup, with Mikey Erg on drums. But other than that, it's pretty much the type of release that you hope to find for free download at Death to False Hopes or If You Make It. I don't really expect it to be something you'll end up having to pay for to download. I guess we'll find out once they make it so you can play all the songs on bandcamp.
The Slow Death. Idle and the Bear.