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Album Review

Mike Herrera, frontman of MxPx takes a side trip with Tumbledown, a band that plays the honky tonk country and folk tunes. Herrera's been writing of late with the blistering punk energy of MxPx, although none of his cohorts from that band play in this side project. The band comes roaring out of the gate with "Let's Drink" a furious celebration of drunken revelry pushed into overdrive by the rhythms of the Trotland brothers and the fat power chords of Jack Parker. Other pedal-to-the-metal tunes include "Break Out of History," a protest song that skewers the dark heart of capitalism while celebrating those who fight for change with a song and a smile; "I'm Still Here," a she-done-me-wrong-so-I'm-drinkin'-myself-to-death-song with a bleary sense of humor, "Came Here to Fight," an ode to booze, boredom and testosterone with energy to spare; "My Sweet Darling Dear," an energetic apology to a gal who had to deal with her Romeo's drunken shenanigans; and the album closer "Homeward Bound" (not the Paul Simon song), a salute to the town of Kitsap, WA, full of hometown pride. The band's blazing energy and Herrera's energetic singing make the uptempo numbers sizzle with barely contained chaos. They play just as fiercely, but with more subtlety, on the folk- and blues-flavored tracks. "Movin' On" is a jaunty, ramblin' ballad about the dream of quitting your meaningless day job and hitting the road with great country harmonies from the band, and Herrera's snappy acoustic country picking. "State Line" is the tale of a homeless man drinking himself to death, delivered with a jaunty tune and Herrera's insouciant vocals. "Secondhand High" is a country blues that rides a down-and-dirty Creedence-style rhythm driven by Parker's electric guitar, while "Son of a Gun" is a straightforward love song built around a neat turn of phrase; "My daddy was a pistol, but I'm just a son of a gun." The album's rock-edged energy will probably keep country music radio from ever playing anything on this album, which is too bad. Herrera can write rings around most Nashville songwriters currently polluting the airwaves with their brand of watered down country music. ~ j. poet, Rovi

Customer Reviews

How Amazing is this

I cant believe how great this album is.. its fast paced and very catchy..

Tumbledown: Kickstarting a Country Revolution

Mike Herrera, Jack Parker, Marshall Trotland, and Harley Trotland unite on this record to make each and every song memorable and catchy so that you will be singing them in your head indefinitely. When this masterpiece comes to a close, the only thing you should do is listen to it again and invite all of your friends to join in on the fun! -Nick

Can you give six stars?

Music should be fun.

Too many bands forget that these days. How many ultra-serious morose albums have come out this year? Versus... how many albums have made you hop around on one foot and laugh?

Mike Herrera knows how to write fun, punchy song-structures. And hearing a fresh guitarist playing with him is great. Tom of MxPx is of course good at punk guitar, but it's wonderful to hear Mike singing along after all these years, with a guitarist who can really rip off a good 'ole solo.

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