Dan Sartain - Too Tough To Live

It’s all straight forward stuff on one level and believe me it’s incredibly difficult to write any sort of review (on a purely musical level) to a record like this without waffling on about side issues or history or personalities blah blah - simply because the songs are pretty much all straight down the line punk rockers. And because ebverything is over so quickly.

 

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Ah good another Dan Sartain LP. Sartain has a peculiar vibe which he mines regardless of style; he has a restless vision that – on the evidence of this LP – needs to be expressed in a genre other than Rocakabilly, which has been his touchstone up to now. This time he’s up for blasting us all with 20 minutes of punk tunes which are frankly tremendous, but going by the song titles, pretty angry. Boy has he got a cob on. Or boy is he being tongue in cheek.

Musically this is a punky, fuzz attack; short and sharp. From first minute to last. We start with Nam Vet, which is more about yelling “Nam Vet” over three chords than discussing any social issues brought on by that war, and we quickly follow that up with Now Now Now, a poppy track that is incredibly reminiscent of The Ramones but who cares? This snarling sprints right through I Wanna Join The Army (which is precisely what the song title says it is), the rant of Fuck Fr*day through to last track In Death, a mid-paced stomp which is possibly the slowest track on here.

It’s all straight forward stuff on one level and believe me it’s incredibly difficult to write any sort of review (on a purely musical level) to a record like this without waffling on about side issues or history or personalities blah blah - simply because the songs are pretty much all straight down the line punk rockers. And because ebverything is over so quickly. But it’s a cracking record to listen to, you can just stick this on all day and get energised by the simple no nonsense attack. I can say that his guitar licks now and again break through to give some tracks that little extra something that lifts them up – the spacey guitar break on I’m Aware is a good example.

Actually I should shut up. Get this, it’s twenty minutes long and it’s brilliant.