Music Reviews

Filthy Thieving Bastards

Our Fathers Sent Us

TKO

The Filthy Thieving Bastards have thrown down the gauntlet. Unlike their contemporaries who embrace the pop-punk ethos, the Filthy Thieving Bastards remind us that punk (and indeed rock) music’s heart has always been with the working class. On Our Fathers Sent Us, FTB draws upon different sources, styles and instruments than many of their peers. There are no snarls and Clash-style riffs. Instead, the FTB looks to the vision of the Pogues and incorporates the mandolin, banjo, accordion and piano into their music. However, where the Pogues demonstrated a ragged spirituality, FTB veers towards a world-weary resignation. The songs reflect an earnest hope for love and transcendence despite social climbers and back-stabbers, drugs, and alcohol abuse. Comprised of two members of the Swingin’ Utters, this album reflects a maturity, sensibility, and creative vision sorely lacking in much of what passes for music today.

TKO Records, 4104 24th 103 St., San Francisco, CA 94114, http://www.swinginutters.com


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