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The Stabones: Liver Let DieLiver Let Die (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: AlmostPunkEnoughAlmostPunkEnough
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What can I really say about the Stabones' new album Liver Let Die? This is not exactly the most artistically creative album I've ever heard, they're certainly not trying to change the world or open anyone's eyes to any important issues, and they sure as hell don't give a shit about being P.C. And th.
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What can I really say about the Stabones' new album Liver Let Die? This is not exactly the most artistically creative album I've ever heard, they're certainly not trying to change the world or open anyone's eyes to any important issues, and they sure as hell don't give a shit about being P.C. And the album is awesome for it.

The Stabones are a straight-up pop-punk band, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Think Screeching Weasel meets an extremely drunk, old Lookout! band. There's also a tad of the RVA sound in there; however, that just might be my imagination, but you can tell that they're from the same area as bands like the Pink Razors.

Liver Let Die covers a wide variety of subjects lyrically, from drinking beer to getting ass to drinking liquor to drinking beer. There's also a couple songs about drinking beer. The lyrics themselves are simplistic in rhyme scheme and presentation, but it works fantastically. Every song is a sing-along anthem that gets catchier every time you hear it. There are a few other songs in there that switch up the formula; "Don't Wanna Drive This Bus," for instance, is a great, fast song about the singer's disdain with his day job. At first, I thought a few of the songs were a bit too simplistic. "Crusin' for Strange" as an example has a chorus that you know before the song even starts, but it reprieves itself by the end, with a great spoken outro that I find pretty amusing, and on subsequent listens learned to like the song as much as many of the others. "I Love Pussy" (which apparently is a cover) may sound misogynistic in theory, but these guys seem pretty tongue-in-cheek about it. There's even a Pouges cover as the last track, "Streams of Whiskey," and though I'm not a Pouges fan at all, I really enjoy this version of the song.

To be completely honest, as fun as this album is, it accomplishes one thing better than anything else: It makes me wanna drink. I mean it really does. When I hear "Jack to Beam" and he says "Roll outta bed and the first thing I do, I head to the fridge, I crack open a brew." It really makes me wanna at least drink a beer, if not just get completely shit-faced. Songs like that also have some pretty funny lines like "You know the best thing about drinkin' a lot? Well I'd tell you but I think I forgot." Maybe it doesn't seem funny written out, but it's just perfect within the song. Like said earlier, the majority of the album is about drinking, and conveniently enough, it's perfect music to listen to while partying or just drinking with a couple of your friends. If the Lawrence Arms are Midwestern Drunken Despair Rock, then this is Mid-Atlantic Drunken Fun-as-Shit Rock.

I don't see how someone could hate on this music. It's just too much fucking fun. Maybe if you're straight-edge it might not be so good, but that's about it. Personally, I can relate to a lot of this; for better or worse it describes a lot of my days and nights. Liver Let Die is a great collection of drinking anthems and general intoxicated stupidity. Iif you're looking for a great punk record to party, drink or just rock the fuck out to, check out the Stabones.

Personal favorite songs:

  • Night Well Spent
  • Jack to Beam
  • Don't Wanna Drive This Bus
  • Streams of Whiskey
Check out some of the songs on their MySpace.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 26, 2006)

This album and this band suck.

Anonymous (March 23, 2006)

i like douche bags who reply to my message confirming my point..this band sucks.

Anonymous (March 22, 2006)

I like the people who post messages saying how the album probably sucks, and then basically admit they have never listened. Yeah, it's just like Social D... retard.

Anonymous (March 22, 2006)

I'm straightedge and I love the Stabones...
-KT

almostpunkenough (March 22, 2006)

to the genius below me, the first fucking line says "What can I really say about the Stabones' new album Liver Let Die? This is not exactly the most artistically creative album I've ever heard..."

that applies to the cover art too. i guess i forgot the "unoriginal cover art = bad music" rule.

whatever you think though, make sure you don't actually give it a chance.

-AlmostPunkEnough

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

yea, i bet this band is cool...come on..every fucking band ever has done the jack daniels album art. i am gonna guess these guys play "rock n' roll" in the vain of social d and other retarded music. fuck this.

rkl (March 21, 2006)

these fagz r my myspace palz lolz

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

Stabone as in Richard Stabone from growing pains tv show?????!!!!!!

eh mikeeeee

almostpunkenough (March 21, 2006)

ElVaq, are you saying you actually liked my review? that's a miracle.

mcgregor107 (March 21, 2006)

what ever happened to Mr. Skeleton from LTJ?

ElVaquero (March 21, 2006)

Haven't heard this yet but it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm going to check it out later tonight. Thanx DEWD.

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

i haven't heard this...but from the review these guys sound like the nobodys

RecordTheory (March 21, 2006)

oh, and by the way: you can download this album now from www.recordtheory.com

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

eh...but you have to give them credit for the pogues cover

sickboi (March 21, 2006)

Well put. This album is gonna change your life, but its fun. Goofy songs about drinking and girls.

I love "Cruising for Strange".

RecordTheory (March 21, 2006)

up the stay-bones!

almostpunkenough (March 21, 2006)

i reviewed this cause i liked it. plus the bassist gave me head. it was damn good head.

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

nothing good about this but the cover art and thats ONLY good because it is taken from Jack Daniels

gladimnotemo (March 21, 2006)

So this was reviewed because the dudes post on here?

skaboom (March 21, 2006)

They've improved a lot since their EP. Nothing groundbreaking, but I don't think they are out to do that. Glad I finally got to see them, I'l be sure to catch more of their area shows.

the_other_scott (March 21, 2006)

drinking is pretty fun.
congrats Mr.Stabone

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