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Album Review

After a six year wait, Dillinger Four returned with their second album for Fat Wreck Chords. Initial plans were to release a record in October of 2006, but after several delays (most of which were attributed to the members being in their mid-thirties with full-time jobs) an official deadline was finally imposed when NOFX invited Billy and the boys to support them on a future tour, provided that Civil War was finished and ready to promote. Once an end-date was strictly enforced, the ball started rolling quickly. Recorded at the Terrarium with producer Dave Gardener between July and October of 2008, the group re-emerged with a record that held strong to their melodic punk roots, but showed a new, more mature side of the band. The fiery pep is still intact here, but the carefree days of "He's a S******d (Yeah, Yeah)" have been replaced with thoughtful lyrics dealing with social injustices. It's vintage punk in that sense, and that's a good thing. They stand out as a band with significance in a punk pool becoming more diluted with fashion-focused emo-poppers singing about teen angst. As a group coming to terms with the knowledge that they're the old-timers in a modern-day punk scene, their maturity suits them well (their press packet plays up this trait, ranking them as a band as important to the '90s and '00s as Black Flag was to the '80s). With themes that focus on governmental deception and materialism ("A Jingle for the Product"), lousy economical state of being ("Minimum Wage Is a Gateway Drug"), and media propaganda ("Parishiltonisametaphor"), it's their most glossy, most consistent, most calm, and surprisingly, their most socially relevant album, despite their approach toward middle age on a teen-oriented punk playground.

Customer Reviews

Easily their best.

Dillinger Four has consistently put out great records, but this is by far their best. The songwriting on this album is much more mature and better written than any of their previous work. The album definately grows on you over time. Best of 2008.

A great new direction

I saw them for the first time July fifth 2008. They were the sloppiest band I had ever seen and it changed my life. Paddy said that they were going to go on tour with NOFX after finishing CIVIL WAR and the crowd laughed. We all thought it was another joke. Sure enough, fall came around and we finally got our second FAT full length from D4! This album takes the right approach toward addressing social issues. It's the perfect blend of new and old. I would really like to see more bands age this well.


All these songs are great and will be stuck with you for a while. D4 crushes it again. Just great songs all the way through, you wont be dissapointed.


Formed: 1994 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

St. Paul, MN-based punk group Dillinger Four were formed in 1994 by guitarist Erik Funk and bassist Patrick Costello; the group's original line-up, also including guitarist Sloan and drummer Lane Pedersen, held together long enough to record the debut 7" Higher Aspirations: Tempered and Dismantled before Sloan exited to join Man Afraid. After recruiting ex-Scooby Don't guitarist Bill Morrisette, Dillinger Four resurfaced in 1996 with the EP The Kids Are All Dead; a split single with fellow Twin Cities...
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