Filthy Thieving Bastards - I'm a Son of a Gun (Cover Artwork)

Filthy Thieving Bastards

Filthy Thieving Bastards: I'm a Son of a GunI'm a Son of a Gun (2007)
BYO Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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In voluntarily reviewing music, it's a constant challenge to try and catch anything that might have slipped through the cracks. Hundreds of records are released each month, and they all (deservedly?) demand some press. Every week I'm assaulted by piles of CDs for radio and print, and yet the Filthy .
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In voluntarily reviewing music, it's a constant challenge to try and catch anything that might have slipped through the cracks. Hundreds of records are released each month, and they all (deservedly?) demand some press. Every week I'm assaulted by piles of CDs for radio and print, and yet the Filthy Thieving Bastards eluded me. So I decided to take matters into my own hands: If it doesn't come to me, I will go to it.

I'm a Son of a Gun cleverly follows My Pappy Was a Pistol both musically and thematically. The band of 3/5 Swingin' Utters exhibits a seamless integration of classic punk rock, folk, Celtic, rockÔ??n'roll, and western formulas. Unfortunately, musician extraordinaire Darius Koski doesn't spend as much time dabbling in unique auxiliary instruments like organ, accordian, and viola as earlier work, yet I'm a Son of a Gun remains a well-composed and expertly executed work of art (plus Koski does play piano, violin, and several different guitars).

Basically, if you don't like the Filthy Thieving Bastards, you can just shut yer trap, because there's probably something wrong with you anyway. I'm a Son of a Gun is comprised of a variety of styles that have crept into the punk realm, all of which merge flawlessly with help from veteran songwriting and wonderful musicianship. Several Celtic-punk mixtures appear in "When the Wallflowers Wilt" and "Phony Drunken Poet," which features a tin whistle and lead singer Johnny Bonnel's comforting voice spitting out lines like "On the last days of September / Winds were blowing down our blocks / Knocking down the dead old trees / Rocking ferries in their docks / Popped a Benny, drank some beers / Then pissed off the fucking pier / And cursed the God who made the winds / Of piss drenched shoes and socks." There is plenty of the classic street punk Bonnel's other band has perfected, like the ridiculously catchy "When We Were Kids" and "A Killing on Wall Street," which features some of Bonnel's lyrical street brilliance: "For fuck's sake it's just another day / So we can't complain / I propose another haunting toast to the losers slain / And I propose another daunting roast to the winner's gain." Songs like "Dusty Roads" and "Oh, Sweet Misery" demonstrate the band's mastery of more folk-influenced stylings, the latter of which sounds a bit like the Utters' masterpiece "Promise to Distinction."

I'm a Son of a Gun is simply another essential record from a criminally underrated band. If you've heard the Filthy Thieving Bastards before, you know what to expect. If you haven't, this is a perfect place to start.


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Not-To-Regret (July 2, 2007)

Well I'd like to hear it first.

Anonymous (July 1, 2007)

buy it!!!

Not-To-Regret (July 1, 2007)

I'd like to download this album, can anyone help me out or send it to me?

Anonymous (June 30, 2007)

Good review, amazingly talented band. As said before by someone, I really wish they had enough money to tour outside of California. Luckily, while surfing youtube, I found that someone posted an entire set from the Bastards. Exciting! (It's in four parts.)
http://www.y outube.com/watch?v=_Do9V5drQm0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4 HqAa5zMTE

I think "My Pappy was A Pistol" is a bit better though...

NotPatriotic (June 29, 2007)

BYO is the best label this year so far

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

This band is shitty. Shitty in the fact that they are The Shit.

I saw em a few weeks ago and they are playing a few blocks from my apartment in a month.......good times, good times.

nineden (June 29, 2007)

Fantastic record. This is one that EVERYBODY should own.

mclz (June 29, 2007)

amazing record, everyone get this

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

Great record but not as good or catchy as the last one.

MrStylson (June 29, 2007)

definitely their best work yet

misterspike (June 29, 2007)

I fucking Love this record. If only the Bastards were able to mount an actual tour.

baseball (June 29, 2007)

just ordered My Pappy.. from vinyl collective a couple days ago

haven't heard this one yet, but good band

JaredK (June 29, 2007)

Agree with the score completely.I have been listening to them for years...their first EP was great, their second cd "retreads" was sort of boring/disapointing...not bad, just a little slow. Their last cd "Son of a Gun" was pretty solid but this is their best work yet IMO...prefer the Bonnel sung tracks generally but "Dumb Dead Goat" is an amazing song sung by Koski and the track after that "When We Were Kids" is fantastic as well....I love this shit

ChokingVictim (June 29, 2007)

this band is so ridiculously awesome, even better than the swingin' utters i think...and i fucking love the utters, so that says something

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