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The Slow Death / Mitch Clem - Turnstile Comix #1 [7-inch/comic] (Cover Artwork)

The Slow Death / Mitch Clem

The Slow Death / Mitch Clem: Turnstile Comix #1 [7-inch/comic]Turnstile Comix #1 [7-inch/comic] (2011)
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Not sure if you were aware of this information, but Mikey Erg is in a band (besides Star Fucking Hipsters, Psyched to Die, the Ergs!, the Measure [SA], the Dopamines, House Boat, Used Kids and Brook Pridemore). They're called the Slow Death, and they include bassist/vocalist Jesse Thorson (Pretty Bo.
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Not sure if you were aware of this information, but Mikey Erg is in a band (besides Star Fucking Hipsters, Psyched to Die, the Ergs!, the Measure [SA], the Dopamines, House Boat, Used Kids and Brook Pridemore). They're called the Slow Death, and they include bassist/vocalist Jesse Thorson (Pretty Boy Thorson and the Fallen Angels), guitarist Dave Strait (also from PBT 'n' TFA) and guitarist Johnny C (ex-the Rest of Us). According to cartoonist Mitch Clem, "The Slow Death are a veritable punk rock super group, except more super because they're actually really good."

Speaking of Clem, the mastermind behind Nothing Nice to Say and My Stupid Life is also the founder of the new comic/seven-inch series Turnstile Comix. Issue #1 happens to sport a trio of stories plus a blue seven-inch from the aforementioned Slow Death. It's a neat project for people who like fun.

Clem and his fiancée, Nation of Amanda, turn in a solid debut issue. The best humor comes from failure, which is generally what #1 focuses on. Clem introduces the Slow Death by talking about how he completely embarrassed himself at a show they played. Thorson then spins a couple of tales about touring (one of them is about pee!).

The stories have a certain rambling quality, only to just sort of end abruptly, but they're still funny and the art looks good. But in order for the comics to really, truly matter, the included seven-inch needs to rock faces. Accordingly, the Slow Death include four top-notch tunes about drinking and failing. They're the kind of tunes that need to be played loud/fast to avoid bumming everyone out.

"Poor Little Fool" opens the vinyl with a burst of big hooks and Lucero-ish instrumentation. "Bart's People" boasts a super catchy chorus and the most depressing verses this side of the Smiths. Sample lyric: "There is no happy ending / This ain't no fairy tale / There is no heaven up above us / There is just this living hell / And you die at the end." Huzzah! "A Little Bit More" goes from atheism to drinking, and drinking a lot. "Punchlines (Suck My Ass, It Smells, Pt. 2)" is (probably) about getting fired. But it goes on a great, throaty gang vox part, so clearly Thorson wins out in the end.

Turnstile Comix is pretty dang promising, both as a comic book series and as a debut from the Slow Death. Here's hoping for more from Clem and tSD, and soon.

 

 
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mattramone (June 23, 2011)

FUKKEN ORDERED. Added a Milions of Dead Crusties shirt and a If You Touch My Beer... coozie because I annihilated the one Avi gave me last year in Baltimore.

Jelone (June 22, 2011)

It's totally legit. I preordered this and the Tiger Milks seven-inch. Both came in a timely fashion. EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT.

mattramone (June 22, 2011)

Is there a driect link? I went to the store page and I didn't see it. There's a couple things I want to order and was waiting for the seven inch to come out so it wasn't sitting around.

jessethorson (June 22, 2011)

matt, it'stotally for sale at silversprocket.net

mattramone (June 22, 2011)

So this has actually been released and is available for sale and not trapped in pre-order limbo? Never had a problem with Silver Sprocket, but a few other recent pre-order problems have left me a little wary.I only ask cause I want this real fuckin' bad.

insidejoke (June 21, 2011)

i really dig the idea of vinyl comic
the appeal is quite similar as tangible versions of things you could get digitally (aka webcomic/mp3 download)

johnsmith (June 21, 2011)

Thanks for a solid review. I'll be buying this eventually.

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