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Album Review

Although they're from Phoenix, Stitch Hopeless & the Sea Legs sound rather like the Pogues gone Oi! on Gone Bats. The final track, in fact, is subtitled as a "Tribute to Shane MacGowan." But there are more hints than that, most particularly the pirate leer of lead singer Stitch Hopeless, delivered with a hoarse gurgle that surely couldn't withstand more than a few years or so of steady use without causing permanent vocal damage. Much of the lyric content is on the abrasive and even shocking (see "Corpse F****r," "Johnny Dingle [They Eat Flesh]," and "Blood Bath") side, though it would have been much more shocking prior to the territory being strip-mined by many other bands that have plowed the same field before them. It's hard to tell whether the effect is intentionally or unintentionally comic, but it's the sort of over the top hardcore that's difficult to take too seriously, or to laugh too hard at if you're looking for comedy. One feature that does set them aside from the usual such outfit is the use of upright bass by GoreDon, who — like his compatriots Hopeless, Johnny Hell, and Shane Leg — has adopted a pseudonym just as subtle as the music.

Customer Reviews

This is a fine album!

As a fan of punk, especially in the vein of The Lawrence Arms, Off With Their Heads, Against Me!, and Banner Pilot, this was my first album to buy that has at least one part of one foot in the psychobilly subgenre. I'm really enjoying it. It's like a Jawbreaker/psychobilly hybrid, and it works really well! One might be turned off by the title of the song "Corpse F****r," but each time I listen to that song (13 times and counting) I laugh a little - the phrase means something different from what one would typically think just from reading the title alone. Also, since the vocals are male, they might seem chauvinistic, but then a female chimes in, saying the same thing that the guy says, evening things up (not that they had to be evened up) ... I think this is clever and her voice is cutesy, so each time I hear the song, this part makes me laugh some. Anyway, this is a really nice album.

Gone Bats, Stitch Hopeless & The Sea Legs
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