Fresh Coats  - A Train Wreck Named Desire (Cover Artwork)

Fresh Coats

A Train Wreck Named Desire (2010)


As an unofficial spokesperson for Dave Garwacke's IfYouMakeIt (if you're reading this, Dave, I take cash only) I recently stumbled, rather forcefully, upon the debut effort by a band known as Fresh Coats. Adhering to my rather stringent "download/like/donate(maybe)" policy, I tucked the album into my iTunes library and threw it on my iPod, telling myself I'd listen to it when I got a chance. I had nearly forgotten about A Train Wreck Named Desire after a week or so, when, following what I believe was an Aquabats song, "Lights" began pumping through my headphones. I kept telling myself I knew the lead singer's voice from somewhere, and proceeded to listen to the entire album, searching desperately for who Fresh Coats reminded me of. The strange part is, this band fits so nicely in the middle of our beloved Orgcore scene that overlooking them would be easy. One word of advice: Don't.

The fluidity of the album begins on a promising high note. "A Perfect World" is a Hot Water Music song, performed by a culmination of the talents of Red City Radio, Fake Problems and Latterman. Not literally, but man does it kick the album off well. The rest of the album follows patiently and at a pace similar to ..We Are Still Alive, albeit with shorter songs. In fact, this record does wonders to capture the L.I.D.I.Y. sound.

For a debut, the sound quality is phenomenal. Not too polished, but clear enough to enjoy over and over. And enjoyability is certainly something Train Wreck creates. Where some bands might attempt to write an album around two or three stronger tracks, Fresh Coats desire seems to be to create that catchy, stronger, sing-along number during every song...which leads me to my next point. This album should be listened to more than once, as nearly every album should, in order to gain respect for what these fine fellows have bestowed upon us.

With dual vocalists, I tend to push myself in one direction and stay with my opinion stubbornly. The strange thing about Tony Filipowicz (of Go Sell Drugs) and Josh's vocal tendencies is that they are remarkably similar in delivery, but different enough to create a supplemental element to the band's sound.

Anyway, standout tracks include "Goose Gossage," "Can I Get My Money Back?" and the short yet fun "Dumb Luck."

It's eight songs, and for all intents and purposes too short. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. Here's the link for ease of access.