Lagwagon - I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon (Cover Artwork)


I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon (2008)

Fat Wreck Chords

After three years from their previous full-length effort, and after touring their ass everywhere in the world, Fat Wreck Chords' first signed band Lagwgaon is back with a brand new EP. It's nice to hear to material from Joey Cape and friends, because you are always sure to hear some interesting music.

From the title of the EP to the comments Joey Cape made for this record ("It's gonna change the world"), you can see how the band's humor about themselves is still present here, and even though someone might be tired of the whole "we're old" stuff, there are still reasons to laugh about it. Because, well, Lagwagon is really old and people who have been listening to them since their beginning are seriously old. Also because, being the older brother, as it is in my case, makes you feel even older.

I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon fetaures seven songs that show how the band keeps on developing their sound. After their pop melodies on Let's Talk About Feelings, Lagwagon changed direction and drove into the dusty road of heavy and dirty punk, with albums like Blaze and Resolve displaying some of the rawest songs the band ever recorded. For the new EP, the trip is going on; even if this time the production (due to Joey Cape himself) sounds clearer, the result is still raw. Not only musically, but also lyrically. The EP starts with "B Side," probably the softest song on the record, with its catchy guitar riffs that remind me of Hoss. But songs like "No Little Pill" and "Errands" are seriously catchy, poppy, and at the same time, the music is strong and heavy. "Memories and Landmines" is the best song on the record to me, with fast-paced guitar riffs and very strong bass lines that reminded me of "Sleep," but in a hardcore way.

"Fallen," previously released as a B-side from Resolve, sounds very well in the middle of this EP, with its fast riffs, bringing you to the slower part of the album. "Live It Down" strats with a really slow and soft melody, as it was for "Choke" on Double Plaidinum, and it does not burst into an anthem until after a couple of minutes. "Mission Unaccomplished" closes the 19 minutes of this new Lagwagon experience with the last couple minutes of poppy punk melodies and Joey Cape's Bad Astronaut leanings.

Lagwagon is probably a lot like wine. The older it gets, the better. It's great and somehow scary to see how the oldest Fat Wreck band is the one that is still developing new, interesting and original music, while many other original acts disbanded or lost inspiration. I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon can surely be named the best half-full length most of us are going to hear this year.