Friday, 16 July 2010

I Can Lick Any SOB... calm down, calm down!

It's a band-name - one of the great ones. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House. They're from Portland, which of course gives them a headstart in my book (what is it in the water in that place?), and I thought they were long gone. But, no, the mighty Suburban Home Records announced recently that then would be releasing brand new SOB in 2010.

I first happened upon them in 2004 when the CDBaby site was burning a hole in my pocket. I couldn't hit 'Buy' fast enough after previewing their (then) only two releases: Creepy Little Noises and Put Here To Bleed. If you ever hankered for a heavier Truckers, if you think every band should have a (dedicated) harmonica player, if you wished the 'red' in (so-called) redneck music meant politically 'red'... look here:

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House: F*** Fred Phelps And The) Westboro Baptist Church:

(You may have heard of Westboro Baptist Church - featured on UK television too: they are some of the sickest people I've ever come across and this song channels the anger every right-thinking person must feel when confronted by such bigotry).

And this may be an easier target, but Mike Damron was writing this back in 2002, when the majority of Americans (so we're led to believe) supported troops in Iraq... i.e. before the body-bags started coming home...

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House: American F***machine (sorry, not all SOB songs have the F word in the title!)

There was a third SOB album: Menace in 2004 (belter too) and then in 2006, after five years they decided that maybe after all *they* were licked and the band folded. It's better to burn out than fade away, but sometimes it's worth rekindling the flame (damn, that was almost poetic!) and earlier this year word started to get out that SOB were back - and on Suburban Home Records: perfect.

As Suburban Home has been a catalyst in recent UK/European tours by the likes of Drag The River, Ninja Gun and Two Cow Garage, it may not be too much to hope for that SOB make it over here too. I'll be down the front: face melted, fist pumping...
to this...

You can pick up the earlier SOB albums at CD Baby and pre-order the new one from Suburban Home now. If you've never bought Sub Home before, you should also know that they like to throw in the odd treat... buy the CD (instant download) and you get a free beer coozie (and my Two Cow Garage coozie has never let me down yet :-D). Disappointingly, there's no vinyl pre-order yet... anyone else liking the vinyl w. download option becoming the trend lately? After all, if I'm sitting down to listen to physical media I'm usually at the turntable (to my ears, by comparison, CD might as well be good-quality MP3 by comparison). C'mon Virgil: if you're going to release the vinyl anyway (coming soon, apparently) give those of us willing to wait for wax a chance to hear the record now... pretty please :-)

Last one: Mike D and boys take aim at people who may not make such a good job of being a musician, y'know once it goes to their head...

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House: The Ballad Of Courtney Taylor:
Oh lord...

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