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The Distillers

The Distillers: Sing Sing Death HouseSing Sing Death House (2002)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: K.
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I always knew that Brody had it in her. The first album blew me away, but how could this machine, we call The Distillers, manage to pull out another amazing album? In todays "so called" punk rock scene, we have been smothered with corporate rich kid rock... I won't name any names, but you catch my.

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I always knew that Brody had it in her. The first album blew me away, but how could this machine, we call The Distillers, manage to pull out another amazing album? In todays "so called" punk rock scene, we have been smothered with corporate rich kid rock... I won't name any names, but you catch my drift. After hearing this album, I now know that I can remove the gun from my mouth and listen to Sing Sing Death House and bang my head on the ground until I'm a gushing red mess.

The first track "Sick Of It All" is a fast chaotic tune that mixes old Distillers with a newfound melodic rhythm that came with Ryan and Andy (the Distillers all new rhythm section) joining the band. Our crusty punk friend Rose aka.'Casper',aka.'guitarist' has seemed to come out of her shell and you can hear a lot more of her backing vocals/ growls/ and shrieks that she so 'matter-of-factly', does.

Frankly though, I'm sick of all the comparisons of Brody to her husband Tim from Rancid. If they weren't connected in any way, the next comparison would be to any female vocalist with a similar aggression and grit.

Why compare? Its fuckin punk rock. and its fuckin good.

Songs like "I Am A Revenant", "Sing Sing Death House" and "Bullet and The Bullseye" make you want to kick someone in the teeth, while a track like "City Of Angels" or "The Young Crazed and Peeling" reveal the Distillers "sensitive" side that we saw with "Gypsy Rose Lee", on their first record.

Speaking of the first record: if you happened to discover the hidden track after "The Blackest Years", which featured Brody and her axe, singing "We were young girls in a small world...", you will be happy to hear that its now a complete song with all the balls that makes the Distillers a well rounded punk rock band... if theres such a thing.

If I was a crack head and the Distillers were my dealers... Sing Sing Death House would be my fix.

 

 
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JohnnyTwoTits (August 30, 2006)

sing sing death house is by far the best fucking album they'v made, but i dont think that they are going to ever get better than this. so ill rock that cd and thats it... i think its awasum that brody can have a vag, and stil be punk as ever...

miff (November 2, 2005)

hey mrverydrunk u cnat complain about female singers on this record cos she sounds like a man

miff (November 2, 2005)

i hadnt listened to this for about 2 years until i heard they "broke up" n then i took it off my shelf n put it in my cd player and was suprised how good it was in comparison to coral fang which had a few good songs but nothing special. the cd has no bad songs on it i wouldnt go so far as to say theyre all great seneca falls is my fav my advice is go buy it its a good listen

Passion_of_Destruction (August 8, 2005)

love the record, love the band.

KimmyAcid (July 12, 2005)

This is the distillers' best so far...

Darkstar (February 15, 2005)

This album is a lot easier on the ears than the first and in my opinion is better, probably with the growth of the remaing members of the band and the greatness of the new rythm section. I would have given this album a 10 but i think that towards the end the songs seem to loose the quality of the first half of the album, but don't all albums seem to have that one floor? that having been said non of the songs are bad. Musicly the band appear a lot more engaged and vocally nothing has been lost

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

brody dalle is the most badass chick in the world!! this album rules!!-NIKE

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

boring punk record with female voice. not really necessary

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

This album is 100% awesome. Coral Fang is pure crap.

Enfant_Terrible (April 12, 2004)

distillers fucking rule, this just shows that girls can have balls!

i'm gonna see 'em live in june

Anonymous (October 23, 2003)

great album great band lots of todays punk bands that u guys say arent punk are there just like progreessing get over punk will change or spreat out EMO ISNT PUNK well most bands arent older emo maybe and 99 percent of u fuckers later yr luved rancid ok theve been on mtv before deal wit it if u were real punk ud defend ur band i may be 13 but i noe wts up peac stay sXe

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

a fucking 10 for this pile of horse manure. rock on kids rock on.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Honestly now, nobody would have ever known about this band if it was not for Tim.

MrVeryDrunk (February 7, 2003)

I dont like women as lead singers. I'm not sexist. I just cant seem to get into bands with a female lead. At least that was until I heard the Distillers. They fucking rock!!!

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

Not brilliant, not horrible. Just your average punk album.

lunk (December 23, 2002)

look, i think the city of angels is great. really great. the only other track of theirs i've heard is that young crazed one, which is good too. brody is good looking, fine. she is heavily influenced by her significant other, fine. the music is formulaic and re-hashed, fine. But for my money, this band sounds pretty damn good, and i'm going to buy this album. At least it's not pop-punk, and if brody's looks and association with other well-known punk personalities help them sell more records, then more power to 'em. perhaps it will reach an audience it would otherwise not reach, and help show people that Avril fucking Levigne is not punk!

Anonymous (November 28, 2002)

The review on
www.punknews.com
is way better.

check it out

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

damn, i got this album, and the first time i heard it it blew me away. ill prob get people trying to tell me shit but i went to a No Doubt concert in houston and The Distillers opening for them(well for garbage and then no doubt) but thats when i knew the distillers were fuckin awesome. i mean the bands got it all. they put so much energy in their shows. badass album!

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

its an ok album. I give it 7

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

i have only heard a couple songs off of this album, so the score is what i think of those songs. i like em. but i wanted to put my 2 cents in on a couple things.

first of all, i have to agree that 10s are awarded a bit too easily sometimes. this cd i think might be an example of that, but ill check it out before i make a final judgement on that.

also, bad religion may very well be the best punk band of all time. don't even try to pin the "they should give it up because that "im 45 and still punk" is lame" bull shit on bad religion. they could be 75 and they would still rock harder than the vast majority of punk bands out there.(and process of belief definitely deserves 5 stars, but i think thats what it got anyway)

ive never seen brody. ever. not even a picture. hell, upon first hearing them i assumed she *was* pretty butch. the screams are what tipped me off. but if shes hot, thats just a bonus. hooray for hot punk chicks, even if a lot of them are kind of fucked up in the head....

and the brody to tim comparisons are fairly justified, i think. they both have unique, recognizable voices. i think brody probably was influenced by tim though. eitehr case, they both kick assssss.

and epitaph rules. best label ever (maybe). fuck that kid down there. fuck him in his stupid ass.

well im done babbling. i wish people would punch me whenever i talk for too long.

FFAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRTTTTTTTSSSSSSPPPPPPOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPE EEEE!!!

Anonymous (May 4, 2002)

ahh fuck off all you haters. the distillers are great and i frankly could't give a shit what you think is punk or new or whatever, they just rock. period.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

in today's "so called" punk scene it seems we have both corporate rich kid rock and bands that make laughable attempts at proving how "punk" they are.
where are the bands that come out with something totally new? and why does everyone embrace shit like this when it's not only a ripoff of the same thing a million other bands have done, they manage to even sound way too much like Rancid with a far worse singer.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

Brody is hot? "I'm 45 and still punk"? What is all this nonsense? First off, did it ever occur to you fuckers that Tim Armstrong was like 30 when he started "dating" Brody, when she was 15?!?!?!?! The last I checked, that is against the law, and truthfully, SHE ISN'T EVEN WORTH IT! MY GOD! You guys are twisted! She is hot.. umm... are we looking at the same chick? And the dude ripping on Bad Religion, incinuating that The Distillers are punk, and Bad Religion is not.. sir, please, get your head out of your ass and keep something in mind: If you were formerly on a major label, then you jumped ship because your albums were not selling and you figured you could cash in on a "reunion", you are not punk. Also, if you are on a label (Hellcat), which is owned by a label ran by a member of said band that jumped from a major label, that happens to run an "independent" major label (Epitaph).... then you too, cease to be punk. DIY or DIE. Fuck EpiFat.

Anonymous (January 30, 2002)

Fuckin' hardcore! Brody is hot. I was at the concert with bad religion on thursday of last week and they were great as always, but the crowd wasn't getting into it, I think mainly becuase Brody just doeasn't interact much, she just sits there and sings- that's not a bad thing, but for this kind of music it is unacceptable. Otherwise they are great, but Bad Religion blew them away with a legendary(to say the least) performance.

evildeadalive (January 29, 2002)

I liked the Distillers before I had any clue what Brody looked like or who she was married to. Distillers fucking rock.

CallingLondon (January 29, 2002)

what are you talking about?

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

yeah I'm sure if Brody was a 300 lb. nobody everyone would still love this record. I guess marginal talent or even an original idea is forbidden in punk. long live the same shit forever!

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

Sleater Kinney is better than The Distillers, what color are the clouds in your world dumb ass.Go back to your college radio.

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

this band is spectacular as long as you don't consider there are far superior girl bands out like sleater-kinney and erase errata that blow this one away.

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

I totally agree with ommadden, I mean these guys are good, and other bands are maybe good and it's just not my thing but 10 stars? if the distillers brought something new, some new sound like perhaps The Shape of Punk to Come, or it had literally classic songs that won't just be forgotten in a few years, then I can understand giving it 10 stars. In fact it seems that probably €-90 albums on here get 10 and the reviews seem more like product endorsements rather than actual reviews.

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

i don't like street punk
but the last two comments are right on the money!

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

ah! i have the album it's sooooo good!

Anonymous (January 27, 2002)

No whiney pretty kids. No "progressive" rock (progressing into uninspired emo slop for the pretentious masses). Just honest, real rock-n-roll. A solid 10.

Anonymous (January 27, 2002)

the distillers kick ass!! i cant wait for this album to come out... i heard sing sing death house and now im counting down the days til i get this album.
xxoxx, deanna

ChrisGorman (January 26, 2002)

eh, overrated a little. I think I would like them better live. I trust Tim to associate with good music, though perhaps in this case he was blinded by love.

Anonymous (January 25, 2002)

I wasn't really into their first album all that much, nor did i dig their live show the first time i saw them. However, after warped this year i was blown away by some of the new songs, so i vowed to check out this album. I really couldn't say enough good things about it; those who say the songs are all the same clearly haven't actually listened to this record yet. It's a varied record in many ways, and i can tell it will be one of my favourites by the end of 2002 as much as it already is.

PS - There's nothing wrong with comparing brody to tim. Listen to their voices; they're practically the same, except Brody's is actually harsher...

Anonymous (January 25, 2002)

this album is killer, all you Bad Religion dicks need to get over yourselves,this is the real shit not that "Im 45 and we still think were punk " stuff that those penis heads are putting out.Get a life.

ommaddon (January 25, 2002)

Man...you guys throw around 5 stars as if they're morsals of food to give to a five stars. I saw the Distillers last night with Bad Religion in LA.... That marks my third time seeing the distillers live. Live..album...doesn't matter...they still suck. Every song is the same tempo...same chord structure...same unimaginative wailing vocals. Punk has evolved from this. It is a crime to give this alubm a "10" and not the Process of Belief. Aural raping is accurate.

Anonymous (January 24, 2002)

Andys in the nerve agents by the way...........

Anonymous (January 23, 2002)

I've only heard the title track, but that alone gets a 10. These guys are fuckin amazing.

seek (January 23, 2002)

The album is pretty good, the title track fucking owns. But you sit up there talking about 'corporate rock rich kids', you do realize you aren't exactly slummin it up if you are on a computer, correct?

Anonymous (January 23, 2002)

mmm Brody, yeah excellent album. One of the best bands around at the moment

maverick (January 22, 2002)

This band is one of the worst bands I've ever heard. It felt like an aural raping.

-Scott

evildeadalive (January 21, 2002)

Brody is hot. Distillers fucking rule. The only 'chick' band I really like.

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