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Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango: Birthmark BluesBirthmark Blues (2010)
Poison City

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Australian foursome Grim Fandango (from Perth on the west coast) have finally completed work on their debut album, Birthmark Blues. Recorded (at Adelaide's Capitalsound Studios) and produced by Mike Deslandes and James Balderston, and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering (Fugazi, Big Black, E.
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Australian foursome Grim Fandango (from Perth on the west coast) have finally completed work on their debut album, Birthmark Blues. Recorded (at Adelaide's Capitalsound Studios) and produced by Mike Deslandes and James Balderston, and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering (Fugazi, Big Black, Eddy Current Suppression Ring), Birthmark Blues is 13 tracks of hook-laden, punk-fueled power-pop. It is the band's followup to their 2008 debut EP, IV: Eat Not the Heart and a 2009 split release with Melbourne's Kill Whitey. It's also their first record on Melbourne record label Poison City.

Singer Tom Ware's raw voice is a standout against jangly guitars and driving rhythms. Birthmark Blues tries to replicate the band's ferocious live sound. Tracks like "Promises! Promises!" (cheekily followed up by banjos and hoedowns in "Excuses! Excuses!"), "Cotton Wool Kids" and "Horseland" showcase the band's country-influenced punk rock perfectly. "All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane" is another track that stands out with its catchy, passionate chorus.

Not as good as their debut EP, but still a very solid album, and as the band continues to grow and find new parts of themselves, they can only get better. For fans of Hot Water Music and Lucero with a touch of Hüsker Dü, and with so many more in between there is a little in here for everyone.

 

 
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shenaniganss (November 12, 2010)

dont know if its on this but "oh my science!" is awesome, both in name and song.

dlangl4 (November 4, 2010)

Grim Fandango is one of my favorite games ever.

drewshaw (November 3, 2010)

i still haven't heard this. But I've been told i might hear some power-chords on this release so I'm willing to give it a shot

mattah (November 3, 2010)

@PublicHousing:
Yeah man, That's the one. i posted the link for their myspace a while back, now maybe some of them will start listening!
@ Blackjaw_
Where you been dude? I've missed you! Come Back :(

someone-yeah (November 3, 2010)

Glottis is stoked

Chadreligion (November 2, 2010)

I used to love this game on PC

owneroperator (November 2, 2010)

it's a solid album hey. really worth a listen... oh and their live show... just... ahhhmaaaaazzzzziiiinggggggg!!!1one!one!!!1!!!!ONE!1

Skibz777 (November 2, 2010)

There's a band called 'Grim Fandango'?! :D
It's one thing that a review of a band called Grim Fandango was published today on Dia de los Muertos, but that I actually just finished playing the damn thing for the umpteenth time today (as is my Day of the Dead tradition). Ah, synchronicity.

Never heard their music (yet), but I like these guys.

publichousing (November 2, 2010)

This is the album with Mattah on the cover!

Good band.

Blackjaw_ (November 2, 2010)

I've been meaning to get this. Australia kicks ass at gruff punk rock.

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