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Oh Seanathan Taylor Thomas, how I like to abuse you on the internet.
Yet an another overdue review.
Yet another Lame-O records backed band.
Hey did you guys know there are members of Modern Baseball in this group? I didn’t know that. Thanks random Launch Music Conference Attendee, the more you know right? There are also members of W.C. Lindsay, Shmns, and some dude named Andrew. So Supergroup? Supergroup! Moving on.
So this record is cool for a bunch of awesome first things going on for me (this blog) as well. This is the first legitimate follow-up record I’ve reviewed, the next Steady Hands record should be here like next week or so I believe. This is also the first record where I got to sit in on some of the recording sessions so I have a little more insight to the actual production. Still not making money from any of this though.
Hey, daddy needs booze, make me famous internet.
Actually don’t do that. I’m not that self serving, but my liver isn’t gonna kill itself.
Music, let’s talk about that shall we? Sounds good.
Try really good. Oh hey another first for me, the first review of a Dr. Rock production here at Undergroundalliance.org. We need a party for this, bring a keg.
I gotta say this record is Sean Huber’s (aka “Dad,” “Steady Hands,” “Steadydad,”) foray into a full band sound and recording. The first record had some additional instrumental trimmings but it was few, scattered, and inconsistent in terms of a defined sound outside of the folk punk leanings that was Sean’s musical focus. Don’t get me wrong Not Many of Us Left got the message across but what The Libertines does is hammer it home.
Sean has grown largely as a songwriter as well as singer. This record feels entirely more personal and emotive than his previous effort. Both of these aspects, the songwriting and singing, contribute heavily to this improvement. Where earlier songs were fun and energized, what The Libertines adds to the catalog is much more heart and soul that has been filtering it’s way into the older songs as evident in the much more frenetic live sets.
Now Sean has been quite the singer but the quality of vocals on The Libertines is beautiful. Dude was pushing it to the point of being voiceless while in the studio. (Honey shots anyone?) I don’t know if it was the sickness or the passion but the performance is what I could only describe as what a whiskey soaked heaven would sound like. Give this man all the trophies.
I believe the band has a done great deal to bring about these improvements.
Ah the Libertines, Steady Hands and the Libertines, you are totally not getting sued for any of this. That’s because you have two Lawyers in the band, sort of… Lawyertines?
Sean’s backing band is called the Libertines. From what I’ve seen live, I don’t have the CD in front of me because it’s in Sean’s merch box so I don’t know who was actually on the record. The Libertines includes Jake Ewald on other guitar and William Charles Lindsay on other, other guitar. George Legatos on bass, Andrew Kirnan on the keys, and Richard “Never Been Kissed” Straub drumming. Occasionally it includes Isaac Louis, or is it Zack Weinstein? I seriously don’t know which is his real name. Okay so we were drinking when we met and he introduced himself as Zack so that’s what I was calling him all night. Then the next day after being done drinking and sober again, I saw he added me on Facebook but his profile says Isaac Louis. Well after that I felt like an asshole because I thought I had been drunkenly calling him the wrong name all night. I still refer to him as Zack, sometimes Isaac. Anyways he plays Sax on the record. This one time Eric Osman played melodica. That’s just the usual live band. It has from time to time included Lucy Stone, Brendan Lukens, Brandon Bost, Ian Farmer, John Sepa, Paul Impellizeri, and Sean Donaghy. The band has more members than Slipknot.
As Backing bands go I usually don’t pay much mind to them on records simply because I’ve always kinda of seen them as hired guns. Play the part, get paid, then do it again when you need to. However The Libertines makes The Libertines. I’ve heard many of the tracks on this record live while Sean played them solo. They were great, they sounded fantastic. The tracks with the full band however are full fledged, start bar fights, commit arson, kill your parents to sacrifice them to Satan, bangers. Actually, wait… Don’t do all that stuff. Well maybe some of them, like maybe 1/3rd….?
The band fleshes out everything. It brings a metric fuck ton of intricacies, melody, and solid rock and roll. However the band doesn’t take away from what made Steady Hands great in the first place. It’s still a lot of about life, it’s songs written by that kid that grew up with Warped Tour and is now an Adult chasing dreams. That’s the fucking spark, that’s what music should be about. It’s the perfect formula, live and deal with the shit anyway you know how. Sean digs deep, he grabs a hold of his own history and he shares that so intimately. I want to cry about it sometimes but I usually have a sixer of Peebs tall ones to accompany me so I end up screaming at very audible volumes. These songs have very intense feelings behind them. I believe Sound, Phase, and Fury has a track by track available. You should read it to learn more, he did threw up he tweeted about it. Don’t lie about it Sean it’s not punk. You’re a punk, accept it.
About now I write my actual criticism. I only have one thing to say about the record. It’s about the Sax in song for Rosemary. I love Sax, I used to play a little bit of Sax in 4th grade. I love that’s included, you are getting so close to having a horn section. ZaIsaac’s part is great. It’s a production issue really. I don’t like how the part is implemented into the track. I feel it could’ve been better weaved in. It feels too separate from the bridge it resides in. Also all the music around it feels a little dead. There, that’s it, the only criticism I have for The Libertines.
Now go buy it before I sacrifice you Satan.
Jacob P. Overholt
TL;DR I’m pretty sure Richie has kissed girls. Undergroundalliance.org does not condone Arson. Sean can you edit our Senior Project please?