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French Exit: Guts and Black StuffGuts and Black Stuff (2013)
It's Alive Records

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French Exit's debut LP Guts and Black Stuff, aside from taking its title from an excellent Simpsons reference, is a powerful record that is representative of the best that southern California's underground punk scene has to offer. The band's lyrics hit with an emotional punch to the belly very much .
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French Exit's debut LP Guts and Black Stuff, aside from taking its title from an excellent Simpsons reference, is a powerful record that is representative of the best that southern California's underground punk scene has to offer. The band's lyrics hit with an emotional punch to the belly very much in the same way 50 Slim Jims would. Able to turn the most melancholy of situations into rousing singalongs with ease, they'll have you singing as loud as you can while crying into your bottle of whiskey. Songs like "DKE," "Defensive Indifference," and "Statecheck" are prime examples of anthems that will help listeners self-medicate night after night.

The album's sound walks the line between raw and refined, yet sits comfortably enough between the two to enjoy the best benefits of each; there are no unnecessary bells and whistles to take away from the band's performance, all while still having an incredible production value. The vocals are crisp, while still organic; you can almost feel the gruffness from each of the band's three vocalists rubbing up against you. It is very much the audio equivalent of a fluffy cat squeezing close for cuddles.



Overall, Guts and Black Stuff is a solid first full-length release from French Exit that sets the path for what looks to be a successful career. However, not a slight against the music, it might have been better to have release the record in 2014 as the music world tends to stop caring about new releases around mid-November. Regardless of the release date, this is an album that you should definitely check out sooner than later.

 

 
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mahalfy (December 30, 2013)

Such a great record from a band that needs more love.

ryanupstrokes (December 22, 2013)

This album sounds so freaking good. I think it's kinda rare to find production value on this level in our little scene...

boboso (December 16, 2013)

Superskabro's comment confirms my gripe that the internet has a midwest/east coast bias when it comes to punk in the USA. So many great west coast bands, including the French Exit, that need a little more shine: Summer Vacation, Hard Girls, Diners, Leer, Joyride, Wild Moth, The Exquisites, Colossal Rex, etc etc.

hatetheplacelovethechords (December 15, 2013)

Late entry to my best-of-the-year list. Really solid stuff, even if a pretty good portion of the album has already been released for pay-what-you-want via their bandcamp. But yeah, it's pretty much the good kind of orgcore overall.

levidolphin (December 13, 2013)

The release on DTFH was really good I'll have to check this out!

superskabro (December 13, 2013)

these guys are legit. Did a split with Signals Midwest a few years ago. Until I discovered the Lauren Records "Growing Up Is Dumb" compilation, I had no idea that Californian punk had anything to offer other than big-shot millionaire clowns like Skinhead Rob and Mike Ness. Apparently Joyce Manor was just the tip of the iceberg...

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