Dillinger Four - Midwestern Songs of the Americas (Cover Artwork)
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Dillinger Four

Midwestern Songs of the Americas (1998)


By far the best Dillinger Four CD, this record defines what all punk should have become. Intercut between it's hard rockin' gems are samples from old-timey sing along records, tying everything together in one gritty, political, witty package. You cannot fuck with this CD.

O.K.F.M.D.O.A. starts out the CD with a catchy anthem praising revolution and denouncing those who sit back and watch. Inventive with catchy and intelligent lyrics, it sets the stage for the entire album to blow you away. Other gems include Portrait of the Artist as a Fucking Asshole and Superpowers Enable Me to Blend In With Machinery (which to this day gives me shivers down my spine when I listen to the lyrics).

The best part about this album is that it's an intricate piece of art constructed with distorted power chords and basically simple bass lines. The drumming is handled by a guy named Monke Hustle who has a P.H.D. What I can't stress more though is that this band is INVENTIVE. They take basic punk music and give it drive, emotion, and intelligence. Their songs aren't about whining over politics, they aren't about doing drugs to drop out of society. Their songs have true meanings.

This CD will eat your face and change your opinion about punk rock forever. Buy it. And feel it's wrath. Because D4 is coming for you. And that stupid band The D4. Because they suck.