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Pissed Jeans: King of JeansKing of Jeans (2009)
Sub Pop Records

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Pissed Jeans merely provide a coarse refinement with King of Jeans. Though bearing less suffocating Flipper-isms, LP3 provides another batch of noisy, animalistic, filthy late `80s hardcore that takes the piss out of everyday life's details and overreacts and exaggerates them to a point that should .
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Pissed Jeans merely provide a coarse refinement with King of Jeans. Though bearing less suffocating Flipper-isms, LP3 provides another batch of noisy, animalistic, filthy late `80s hardcore that takes the piss out of everyday life's details and overreacts and exaggerates them to a point that should be parody but instead ends up a realistic outlet of frustration for every edge-of-nerve American consumer and office worker.

"Half Idiot" intends to self-deprecate for something that might be the narrator's fault ("Working on my cuticles 'til my nails are chopped in half") or something somewhat out of his control ("Hit my head leaving your basement, / I feel like a giraffe"). These details become all the more amusing when the contrast comes to light, created courtesy of guitarist Bradley Fry's rumbling, charred chords and frontman Matt Korvette's vomit-stream snarl. Korvette slurs and slogs in "Dream Smotherer," seeming to hint at domestic tranquility when he barks the song's closing refrain, "I will help you make ends meet if you let me get some sleep." The restraint in the seven-minute-plus "Spent" is pretty psychotic, a throbbing, bass-driven narrative that depicts a boring, lazy figure spending his boring, lazy day, like picking up his car from the repair shop only to hear a "new noise"; it's a wonder this song doesn't end in a killing spree.

To describe King of Jeans as "melodic" feels like a half-truth, but Big Black this isn't. Korvette grunts and rolls his eyes through most songs; Fry provides a shrill squall every now and then; Randy Huth and Seth McGuinness just roll along the gravel-dusted roads of "Pleasure Race" but everything manages to remain surprisingly discernable. Granted, when the tempo is picked up effortlessly for "Human Upskirt," it does seem like the album's been given a sudden jolt of energy and life.

King of Jeans only seems to tweak the formula modestly and mildly, but it's enough to make it worth trudging through another day of minor problems and greater redundancies.

False Jesii Part 2
Dream Smotherer

 

 
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taylorcasu (September 7, 2009)

If it's not broke, why fix it?

salsashark (September 4, 2009)

I don't see what the hype around this is. I mean, it's not bad but nothing stands out. The gimmick is good but I'm not feelin' it.

scientistrock (September 3, 2009)

This might be in my top five by the end of the year. Definitely top ten. False Jesii Part 2 is the fucking bomb.

LawnDay (September 2, 2009)

Record kills.

SydBarrett420 (September 2, 2009)

I'll be the first to sya it, this record just isn't ver good.

dev (September 2, 2009)

"You know you're starting to get older when lyrics like these start resonating."

...and when you start listening to bands called "Pissed Jeans."

elliot (September 2, 2009)

This is their best album yet, and definitely in my top 10 of the year.

brandonsideleau (September 2, 2009)

Love it....better than the last one and I loved that record to...this one seems to have more "punch" production-wise. "She is Science Fiction" and "Pleasure Race" are instant classics....one of my records of the year, alongside the new PIB EPs.

the_other_scott (September 1, 2009)

i loved hope for men but haven't picked this up yet. i will soon.with these guys, obits, and no age, sub pop has put out some great punk rock recently.

mikexdude (September 1, 2009)

Brian, we get it: Flipper. Say something new, n00b.

theonetruebill (September 1, 2009)

Top three of the year for sure, no two ways around it. You know you're starting to get older when lyrics like these start resonating.

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