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Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels

Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels: Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling AngelsPretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels (2006)
The Party's Over

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Taking influence from `80s punk and hardcore, Pretty Boy Thorson really plays country songs. We're not talking about some shitty alt-country band who's tops in the indie charts, or some hipster calling 12 bars and an acoustic guitar country, we're talking Mere, Hank, Johnny, and crew. And they play .

Taking influence from `80s punk and hardcore, Pretty Boy Thorson really plays country songs. We're not talking about some shitty alt-country band who's tops in the indie charts, or some hipster calling 12 bars and an acoustic guitar country, we're talking Mere, Hank, Johnny, and crew. And they play these country songs much too fast and drunk. The result, my friends, is a practically self-released EP featuring six original songs about drinking and hard luck, and one Merle Haggard cover about drinking and hard luck.

Featuring cowboy chords, rhythmic bass, punk drums that pay tribute to tradition, and a loud guitar chock full of rockabilly riffs backed by an acoustic. Stiffed in tradition, front-man Jesse shouts and growls out witty verses like

This life that I live / it don't go nowhere at all / It just intersects with emptiness and alcohol / the hardest part of living / is living with myself and if the drinking don't kill me then I'll think of something else.
Don't try to fight it / you'll just wear yourself out / I guess somebody should've warned you before this started / You might go down swinging, but you'll still go down / So stay where you are and don't make a sound / Kid you don't have a chance, don't try to fight it, don't try to understand / Take a pull from that bottle, sit down and relax.

Intercut in these two-to-three-minute rockers is "Two Step Across Two Harbors," a 3/4 country waltz about heartache and leaving a small town. And sandwiching this ballad are "I Know I Said I Love You But I Guess I Don't," and the honky-tonkin' "The Luckiest Man Alive," which features the repeated chorus, "I never loved you at all." So to take stock, we have one heartache ballad, one song about drinking alone bitterly, two about never loving the woman in question, and two about having the deck stacked against you, as the album rounds off with "Things I Should Have Told You Before," which ends with the repeated phrase, "Do what you like, stay in your place, but wipe that smile off your face!" Unlisted on the track list is a cover of Merle Haggard's "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," which seemlessly fits in the band's catalogue of songs.

This disc feels just like a teaser, like a warning of something great to come. And though it really feels flawless without any songs pushing the boundaries of your patience, it's just plain too short. I want more. I want a lot more. But I guess this shall appaease me until the band gets a chance to put out a full-length.

[Ed.'s Note: A member of Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels is a brother of Jesse's.]


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
sickboi (June 14, 2006)

PS -

it is important to be actively involved in music culture before you criticize it's reviewers

You dope. I may not be the best reviewer, or videogrpaher, but I consider myself pretty "actively involved". What the fuck does that statement mean anyways....you can't criticize a critic? Retard.

sickboi (June 14, 2006)

Casey -

1. The "oi" is an obvious joke. I don't listen to oi or street punk...
2. How was I trying to be a tough guy? I didn't threaten him, I simply called him out on some shit I didn't agree with. If anything, Jesses talks more shit that 95% of the people posting on here...
3. The classic "make music" post... Son, you have no fucking clue what I do with my free time. I film, do some photography, travel, and have a full time career. Don't make statements when you don't know shit about me. Besides, you're a fucking drummer. I played drums in a few bands for several years. Anyone with a decent amount of rhythm and coordination can pull it off...

Scruffy (June 14, 2006)

Hey Casey. You don't need to play music to critique it. Case in point (though with movies): Roger Ebert is one of the best critics in any field. He also wrote Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Creating and critiquing are two vastly different things.

Jesse (June 14, 2006)

Interpunk is selling the 7 inch, and you can get ahold of them through their Myspace page, I think. I don't know their actual e-mail off the top of my head.

Anonymous (June 14, 2006)

i was too wrapped up in commenting about the lame bickering to ask where i can get this record? jesse...any suggestions? steal one from your brother....but seriously, i'd like to purchase one.

Anonymous (June 14, 2006)

ahahahah. i love this site. like a couple of retards fighting over the red crayon. awesome.

you're not punk! no, YOU'RE not punk. hahahha.

Anonymous (June 14, 2006)

Dude...sickboi, you're tired. Try embracing a user name that does not celebrate the suffix oi. That shit is so fucking redundant. Secondly, it is important to be actively involved in music culture before you criticize it's reviewers. Plus, internet beef is for suckers. You're not cool, and being tough on the interweb will never make you that way. Get over yourself, and invest your time in something appropriate....like playing music.
Your friend, Casey...Jesse's brother

Scruffy (June 12, 2006)

"you want me to review a show while carrying a backback of kittens?"

I would like to see that.

Anonymous (June 12, 2006)


I'd think you'd have a better comeback than that. Honestly "I don't see you trying anything new?"

What the fuck, you want me to review a show while carrying a backback of kittens? Or film a show with my feet? Christ kid, where do you come up with your retorts?


lushj (June 11, 2006)

This is more country-flavored punk, the distortion's pretty major. Still, the band's pretty cool, I think it'd be cool to see live.

(a Jesse not related to any current or former member of this band)

Anonymous (June 11, 2006)

I'm listening to King Khan and BBQ right now for the first time, and I have to say this is the best thing I've heard in at least a year.



cash_money_hustla (June 10, 2006)

Nobody was doubting whether or not you liked country, it's the fact that your brother is in the band that makes the review questionable. Also, if all you listen to is country and blues, why are you writing reviews for a punk news website?

Jesse (June 10, 2006)

Erm, that was me. I forgot to log in.


Anonymous (June 10, 2006)

Smarmy editors! That was a detail left out! If I thought this band sucked, I wouldn't have reviewed it, but I honestly like this band a lot. My brother's just the drummer, and was a replacement at that. This band is all about the singer/songwriter, Jesse Thorson, and that's what I like. Of course, that's how I heard of this band.

Hey sickboi - I don't see you trying to do new and different things. I jumped in the van with Akimbo becuase I was a big fan of theirs and I wanted to see them play three nights in a row, do an interview, and write reviews. I'm a fan before I'm a critic, and I'm a critic before I'm a friend or a brother.

And I honestly believe that Somerset is better than a lot of bands out there, but then I am biased. I know that. I'd have given Pandora about a six or seven. Some songs blew my mind, and some just blew. But I know all the little details that are in there (especially in the intricate drumming and bass parts), so I obviously am going to know what makes it special and different from all the other bands than just a surface view.

And all I listen to is country music. It's true. Country and the blues.

SlowStupidHungry (June 10, 2006)

Hey steppers, don't front. I talk to Jesse on AIM sometimes and he's always listening to country music. It's not like he was pretending to like this band. I'm sure he honestly enjoys them.

I, myself... Well, I can't relate to "boozing out" or whatever.

cash_money_hustla (June 9, 2006)

This is highly suspicious.

sickboi (June 9, 2006)

Remember his "review" of the band he followed around on tour for a few shows?

Jesse is the ultimate scenester in denial. He's so scene that he's not scene.

Scruffy (June 9, 2006)

I don't trust this review at all. For all the stuff Jesse talks crap on, he "likes" Somerset because he knows them, when, sorry to say, they're exactly the same as every other nu-screamo band. So, I don't find it too hard to believe that he might give his brother's band some slack.
That said, this seems right up my alley if the review is truthful, and when I get my speakers connected, I'll be giving it a listen.

Kidswhowearmakeuprgay (June 9, 2006)

This band butt fucks eachother gay gay gay gay gay

sickboi (June 9, 2006)

Seriously Jesse, all the shit talking you do and you post a review of your brother's band?

Fuck that shit, son. I keep it real.

rkl (June 9, 2006)

so can i start submitting reviews of my own bands?

score is for nepotism.

(halfway kidding, this is pretty decent, but almost perfect? nah)

skaboom (June 9, 2006)

So basically theyre EMO!

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