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The Dwarves: The Dwarves Must DieThe Dwarves Must Die (2004)
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Let's start off by saying that the controversy and legend surrounding The Dwarves is one unmatched by any band in music today. The stories of decadence and debauchery have long overshadowed the band's career have even garnered some hatred on themselves for doing and saying what they do. Buildin.
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Let's start off by saying that the controversy and legend surrounding The Dwarves is one unmatched by any band in music today. The stories of decadence and debauchery have long overshadowed the band's career have even garnered some hatred on themselves for doing and saying what they do.

Building on 2000's Come Clean, Must Die furthers the band's experimentation into other genres of music, and is more successful than I could have ever anticipated. The seamless amalgamation of surf to hardcore to punk to hip hop, and even chant and art rock, is perfectly orchestrated. The fifteen-track effort (fourteen of them new, the other a re-recording of "Dominator") flows like no other, and with Gary Owen's well-written announcements directing your eardrums towards the directions of the songs he appears in and between. The sequencing on this disc is masterfully done by and takes the listener on a voyage into Blag Dahlia's mind.

Musically, The Dwarves have never sounded better, on tracks like "Dominator" and "Go!" the drums amplify the speed and brevity they are known for. The short guitar solos add atmosphere and are pulled off with precision. The single, "Salt Lake City," is hands down one of the catchiest songs I've heard all year, and features guest vocals by The Offspring's Dexter Holland, and I would expect this song to be played on the radio. "FEFU" is a hard rock song reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails and even a tamer Marilyn Manson song, whilst "Christ on a Mic" incorporates a church organ and vocal choir verses and then a polka-esque hardcore chorus, and it somehow sounds right. The new frontiers of rock The Dwarves are taking make Must Die one of the most original releases of the year.

Lyrically, Blag Dahlia shines, and shows no signs of slowing down. On "Another Classic" he proclaims: "We are the original ruling class in the land of wax / Undefeated sonic champions to be exact" showing that he can convey his conceit to the audience better than Jay-Z. The battle rap "Massacre" berates the fact that punk music is now at the forefront of pop culture, and his message to the bands partaking in this is humorous and unmistakeably witty. Don't worry though old fans, traditional Dwarves lines like "I'm coming to fuck the bitch and go" and "Susie smears her lipstick, it tastes like daddy's cum / Johnny's in a backroom getting sucked off by his mom" appear and will satisfy what the band has made their name doing.

The bottom line is The Dwarves Must Die is one of the best releases of the year, and fans of real punk music should pick this up, and if you are one of the haters of the band, give it a spin, you'll realize what you've been missing all these years.

Thank you Dwarves, and please do not die, the world needs you.

 

 
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Sliced-T (December 6, 2010)

I like this album for how weird and out of left field a lot of it is, but I think they tried to do too much this time around and Blag's disses in his raps seem kind of tame to me.

kylewagoner (January 22, 2009)

Is it illegal to like The Dwarves, The Larry Arms, and D4? Because I definitely love all of them.

Anonymous (January 12, 2005)

I think it's the diversity on this album that really makes it great. I liked the QOTSA bashing, but I heard that Josh Homme attacked Blag with a bottle at a gig - fucking ridiculous.

Still, great album, legend band - I especially enjoyed "Blast" and "Runaway #2"

Joe

mateo (November 2, 2004)

GG > Blag.

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

First listen was like "what the fuck?" If you're into the Dwarves, it will grow on you though...

Not-To-Regret (October 29, 2004)

Well said cos.

Cos (October 29, 2004)

"I much prefer the new school. In fact, I hate the Clash, Black Flag, and all those other lame, poorly produced bands with stupid lyrics and uninspired melodies."

This really is the most blatant example of flamebait, but really, look at this for a second: Have you listened to these bands? Do you know how much shit the Clash got for working in big time studios with producers like the one who did Blue Oyster Cult? Lyric-wise, D4 and Lawerence Arms absolutely worship at the alter of Joe Strummer--this isn't a knock, they'd probably say the same thing. And lets not forget that Dischord has made some pretty awful sounding records, some Minor Threat stuff included.

You sound like you have the attitude of "I don't know much about punk, but I know what I like," which is fine, but lets not go and make blanket statements about the guys that laid the groundwork for your favorite bands to tour the country and created the musical template for everyone else to build off of.

--Cos

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

it is getting that time of the year for candy patrol, isn't it?

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

i loved that chinatown opened his statement saying his cd collection is comprised mostly of stuff on labels much smaller than fat, as if that is supposed to validate his coolness.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

robert,

obviously you didn't really listen to this record. i am disappointed in you, candy patrol.

sincerely,
mike's old car (the green machine)

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

ChinaTown Your Failing Miserably at being the "psuedo intellectual". Maybe you can do better somewhere else, but its bad here

Not-To-Regret (October 28, 2004)

This wreck is great. It's like they're trying too hard to be witty and ironic while at the same time they're not... you'll understand if you own this record. Runaway #2 is wicked.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

No, I like new music, just not much new punk music.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

"I'd suggest you go start an art band or something, but you are too deliberate and (frankly) stupid to appreciate art. "

Geez, BSD. For someone who seems spastically afraid of anything that wasn't released between '77 and '82, don't you think that's just a wee little bit hypocritical?

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

atleast the Dwarves make fun of shit bands like Good Charlotte and Queens of the stone age. And don't bring pavement into this.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

ChinaTown-

You listen to a band because of the little graphic on the record sleave that says what label they're on. Is that not pathetic?

Okay, go listen to your Pavement. Leave rock and roll for those who appreciate it.

I'd suggest you go start an art band or something, but you are too deliberate and (frankly) stupid to appreciate art.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

"Minor Threat is the exception, but only because a) it's MacKaye's band.
b) Dischord released it"

You are such a scene kid.

Seriously... "Dischord released it"? At least WussEmoRocker was being sarcastic...

-BSD

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

Let's recap Chinatown's take...

---The Clash----
lame
poorly produced
stupid lyrics
uninspired melodies.

Hmmm... you know.... that sounds pretty accurate to me.

No wait. Chinatown needs a Colombian necktie.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

this is the worst Dwarves Lp they ever did
Get their best records: Bllod,Guts&Pussy, Zhank heaven for little girls, Are young and good looking, Sugarfix

This is really crappy pseudo experimental techno rock sound...god I hate it

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

dear chinatown,

i have no problem being the lesser scott

i am very proud of you that you own d4 and lawrence arm records that are pre-fat, two cheers

everytime you make an argument you use d4/lawrence arms/strung out (all bands i like)

if you are going to bash the clash or black flag have a better reason...i.e. "i'm a huge douchebag and i don't like black flag or the clash"

-the other scott

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

Will everyone please stop talking about the Lawrence Arms like they are the cutting edge of individuality in punk music, because they make mediocre, bland power pop. The lines cutting down Good Charlotte in “Massacre” are priceless.

niveK82 (October 28, 2004)

Ive never been a huge Dwarves fan, but I dig this

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

"i bet that first comment was by robert. LONG LIVE THE DWARVES BITCH!"

hahaha! yeah, it was me. but c'mon, mikey that shit was weeeak style. seriously.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

I disagree with everything you said, but...whatever. I still hate the Clash, so sue me (Joe Strummer & the Mescawhatevers were pretty good though).

-Chinatown

***This should cheer everyone up. 30% off too.***

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00063MBU8.01._PE29_ SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg

8dollarclarinetsolo (October 28, 2004)

lawrence arms are not experimental skatepunk, what?! your statement is deterred by songs such as nebraska, eighteen inches and the revisionist. look im not saying theyre pop punk im just saying who cares

plus the dwarves are awesome, some of my friends saw them play in chicago and said it was awesome

kenjamin (October 28, 2004)

My god man, giving two or three song examples doesn't validate your point. The Lawrence arms write pleasing melodies and hooks. They even have a "sellout record" -- every song on "Apathy and Exhaustion" has a catchy chorus, the recording is glossy, there's lots of compression on it. It's poppy but they're obviously influenced by punk bands. Same thing with LIfetime. Ari Katz and Dan Yemin wrote some of the most memorable hooks and poppy melodies that to this day are still stuck in my head but i would call them melodic post hardcore or something. Midtown, NFG, and Fallout boy can be classified as bad pop-punk or mall punk. Also, bashing on a band because of poor production is retarded and saying the Clash and Black Flag have pointless lyrics yet saying you like MInor Threat because Dischord put it out makes you seem uninformed.

Score's for the Lawrence Arms.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

No, but I know for a fact that you drink from it. Lap it up like a golden retriever, Golden Shower Boy.

-Chinatown

(this score's still for the Dwarves)

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Have you ever been up the yellow river?

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"Dude, The Lawrence Arms are one of my favorite bands but lets be honest. They are a pop punk band."

Nope. Your statement is deterred by the fact that the Arms have songs like "Hesitation Station" and "Asa Phelps Is Dead." Much too fast and abrasive, and Bren's vocals would be grating to most fans of melodic music. The Larry Arms are a very experimental skatepunk band.

Also: although most people classify Lifetime as pop punk, I'd like them to tell me where they see the "pop" in songs like "Bringing It Backwards" and "Daneurysm." Sure, they have influences, but they aren't pop punk. Skatepunk with pop sensibilities.

As soon as the tempo of any punk song is very quick, it can no longer be classified as pop.

Brandston is a pop punk band. (Old) Midtown is pop punk. The Lawrence Arms....hell no.

-Chinatown

(this score is for the Dwarves)

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"dear chinatown,

do you own any records that weren't released on fat?

- the other scott"

What kind of a question is that? The bulk of my CD collection is made up of indie/art rock records put out on labels a hundred times smaller than Fat. As far as punk goes, yeah, I do have CDs not released on Fat. By the way, I'd like to remind you that D4 and the Larry Arms happen to have earlier albums put out on other labels (which I have).

I make no claims of being into roots/old school punk rock; I much prefer the new school. In fact, I hate the Clash, Black Flag, and all those other lame, poorly produced bands with stupid lyrics and uninspired melodies. Minor Threat is the exception, but only because a) it's MacKaye's band.
b) Dischord released it.

Fuck you, Lesser Scott.

-Chinatown (that wasn't flamebait; I'm being honest)

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"one of my life goals is to see the Dwarves before I die.

Because I heard it's more than good."

gladimnotemo:

looking at your user info i see you're from youngstown, which is not that far from cleveland (i used to live in youngstown myself). the dwarves were at the grog shop last thursday 10/21. they rocked the fuckin shit outta the place, and you should've been there if you wanted see em so bad. they could've used the support, as against me! & the blood brothers were playing at the agora on the same night, so the crowd was kinda thin.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

album of the year

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

i worked a dwarves show here detroit last friday. fucking amazing guys, great live band too

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

i bet that first comment was by robert. LONG LIVE THE DWARVES BITCH!

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

downloaded this because i was told i MUST own it.....so much for my friends opinions.....fucking pooooop. and oh yeah the naked chick/midget theme on the album covers is getting fucking old, for a band you douches refer to as sooooo willing to experiment, where's their originality???

gladimnotemo (October 27, 2004)

One of my life goals is to see the Dwarves before I die.

Because I heard it's more than good.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

dear chinatown,

do you own any records that weren't released on fat?

- the other scott

CrankWillDestroy (October 27, 2004)

'well, when all the hipsters get sick of the flavor of the month, the dwarves will still be here to kick your fuckin ass.'

Exactly. I love this band and I need to get this album.
When the 'punk' trend fades out, the Dwarves will still be rocking.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Really really really good pop punk, this score is for the dwarves and Larry arms!

kenjamin (October 27, 2004)

Dude, The Lawrence Arms are one of my favorite bands but lets be honest. They are a pop punk band.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

The Dwarves are wicked and one of the few bands that truley carry a punk rock attitude. Fuck, Fight and Destroy, but there far from "legendary"

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"Fans of "real punk music"? Jesus Christ, this is the Dwarves we're talking about. They suck, regardless of what genre they play. Dillinger Four and the Larry Arms play "real punk music" too, and they happen to be a lot better at it than these midgets.

-Chinatown"

Hahahaha. Lawrence Arms...

See, this is what happens when kids get into music through their older brothers, and I don't particularly like it.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

I smell a gimmick. Don't get suckered in or you'll step right in it too.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

The Dwarves are one of the coolest bands ever and punk fucking rock. They really do rock and people who say they suck, they're not punk at all, these guys are one of the most punk rock things you'll probably see today.

Faking their guitarists death, having crazy songs, experimenting crazy. Fucking A.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

impeccable

interview:
http://skratchmagazine.com/interviews/ int-0410-thedwarves.php

-J

lushj (October 27, 2004)

This record is in the running for the Top 10 of the year, no doubt about it. As it's been since "Young and Good Looking," the production is top notch! "SLC" is the evil side of the Archies...

Way to go, rah rah rah! Gimmie a D, Gimmie a W, Gimmie a ARVES! Whooo!

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Brody dumped Tim for the guitarist of Queens of the Stone Age

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

When is the review of the new hilary duff cd going to be up if any of you ass clowns are going to review it

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

I got a few cd's, including this one...and

THIS BAND IS FUCKING TERRIBLE.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"nick from queens of the stone age plays on a couple songs too i believe"

don't you mean "queens of the trust funds"?"

Or nick from the dwarves who left to join queens of the stone age?

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Best fucking album to come out all year

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

When is the review of the new elliott smith cd going to be up if any of you ass clowns are going to review it

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"nick from queens of the stone age plays on a couple songs too i believe"

don't you mean "queens of the trust funds"?

this is one great fuckin album. i caught em last week and all i can say is they still got it. there weren't a lot of people there, probably since the against me!/blood brothers show was on the same night. well, when all the hipsters get sick of the flavor of the month, the dwarves will still be here to kick your fuckin ass.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

I fucking love this record. Even if you find them stupid or crude, you cannot despute the fact that these guys are incredibly talented musically.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

nick from queens of the stone age plays on a couple songs too i believe

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Chinatown, you're dumb. The Lawrence Arms are pop and the Dwarves are a classic punk band

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Never really liked this band, except for their covers. Some of the Punk-o-rama songs were okay though

-bemused-

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Fans of "real punk music"? Jesus Christ, this is the Dwarves we're talking about. They suck, regardless of what genre they play. Dillinger Four and the Larry Arms play "real punk music" too, and they happen to be a lot better at it than these midgets.

-Chinatown

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