Leatherface/Hot Water Music
Last year at the Hardback Cafe in Gainesville, Hot Water Music played a show that was meant to be a final good-bye but turned quickly into a reintroduction to hundreds of fanatical worshippers. The show was recorded for posterity, and one of the standout tracks was a cover of a British band, name of Leatherface. Cut to half a year later, the two bands have released on a split CD on BYO records. For Leatherface, this CD represents another split CD (see the Your Choice Live split with Jawbox) to gain more popularity in America and a fond hello again to fanatical lovers of their almost punk, almost Oi! sound. For Hot Water Music, it is an opportunity to lend a hand to a band that has inspired them. Both bands came out winners on this one.
Leatherface has some real standout tracks; my favorite so far is the mid-tempo groove of the fourth track, “Punch”. Those of you inspired by punk will enjoy “Eat Her Face” (L eat her face=Leatherface, get it?) and those of you more of the post-punk school, well, this whole disc should do you right. My only complaint with this portion of the CD is that Frankie’s vocals could be a little higher in the mix… not a usual complaint for me, but Mr. Stubbs is very much a focal point of the band. Nevertheless, check this out, and don’t just buy this CD and skip to song number 7, which starts Hot Water Music’s set.
If you haven’t been living under the punk rock for the past years, you know who Hot Water Music are. You know the power and glory of this amazing band, so I don’t need to tell you all about them. You may have even seen them live and seen the union they create in people at their shows and the energy they give off. These five songs show a little more of HWM’s growth process. These songs have taken a lot of people I know more time to get into than earlier works, a sure sign of progress to me. Turn it on and listen up, it’s the band you know and love. Within a few listens, I guarantee you’ll be ready to chant along and take each song as a personal battle cry against societal pressures. Listen to this CD from track one through to track eleven, you won’t be disappointed…
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