A rather polarizing outing from the Surfers on their last release (Although, they are deep within the works of an upcoming record. I am especially psyched about it, particularly as they have much more control and no real specific finish date.) which feels eons ago.
The backstory of this album includes aliens and Native Americans, serious pressure from the label concerningA rather polarizing outing from the Surfers on their last release (Although, they are deep within the works of an upcoming record. I am especially psyched about it, particularly as they have much more control and no real specific finish date.) which feels eons ago.
The backstory of this album includes aliens and Native Americans, serious pressure from the label concerning "radio-friendly" material and cost/date limitations. Is this the band at their most unhinged or most creative? Hardly. Then why such a high score? Nostalgia aside (I actually saw them the one and only time while during this tour. I was just much too young to have access to their shows), Gibby Haynes and co. are actually sold songwriters. These songs are structured. Many the cliche, formulaic scaffolding of verse-chorus-verse. But, with the exception of Dracula From Houston (which was utilized quite often, including on the Scrubs soundtrack. Good job, label compromise and commercialization) they are genuinely solid songs. Purists will undoubtedly be appalled, and the polish on this album can't be ignored.
Which isn't to say the "weirdness" on Weird Revolution is false advertising. Had this been nearly any other group, it's avant-garde nature will surely be a turn off to the masses. This record unfortunately falls square in the middle of being unappealing to both their base as well as Billboard. However, I do know this record gained some new fans. If one wanted to try venturing towards the unconventional but not wade too deep, this is a good venture. And indeed, with hits like The Shame of Life (being someone a parody of Kid Rock, while encapsulating his best qualities) and Venus, the palpability of those melodies are ear pleasing and introduced the band to many who otherwise would be oblivious.
Hayne's old group The Jackofficers (despite only releasing one album, they were actually influential and ahead of their time with samples and weird indie-electro) have much influence in this revolution. And therein lies the unusual wedding of influences for this outing. Songs like Intelligent Guy, Mexico, They Came In (thought the After the Astronaut version is immensely beter), and The Last Astronaut all clearly have the Surfer's trademark approaches and contain just as much bizarreness as any of their prior records. It's just done so in a cleaner recording, leaving it more sanitized. And Jet Fighter is frankly one of the best songs ever written, let alone this album. I can't believe how few people have even heard it, nearly every single person I've played it for loved it. And this album is vastly underrated and unfortunately and unfairly criminalized. I can't wait for their next album, coming out soon. Allegedly.… Expand