Double Door Presents
Smoking Popes (Playing Born To Quit in its entirety)
Roll The Tanks
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmDouble Door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.doubledoor.com/event/162053/
The new release will be remastered and features new artwork, as well as liner notes from Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Joe Shanahan from The Metro, comedian Kyle Kinane as well as a track-by-track analysis by Popes' frontman Josh Caterer and two bonus tracks (Willie Nelson cover "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" and the previously unreleased duet "Blanket In The Park"). The release will be issued on vinyl as well as CD and digital.
The band is also celebrating the reissue by hitting the road this fall for a tour featuring the album in its entirety, as well as a set of other songs from the band's catalog. - Punknews.org
Full Reissue Tracklist:
Gotta Know Right Now
Mrs. You and Me
Just Broke Up
My Lucky Day
Need You Around
Can't Help the Teardrops (From Getting Cried)
On the Shoulder
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground (Willie Nelson)
Blanket In The Park
The band originally hailed from the Boston borough of Lowell, Massachusetts. That might explain why the guy who plays drums for Boston legends like Mighty MightyBosstones and Frank Black (see, we warned you about diverse influences) is also behind the tubs for Roll The Tanks. Actually when the band’s principles, Danny Carney and Mike Wakeham, started kicking around with the band at age 12 in a garage in Lowell, they had no drummer, so MMB’s Joe Sirois is a major step up! Still, the guys weren’t quite finished tweaking with their sound and recruited guitarist Aaron Stuart, from Piebald to complete the quartet. Well, the band was forged with The Clash and The Pixies in mind, and like many young bands that know when they’ve tapped into something good, they got restless. Life took them to California, and there it would seem they would find their springboard, and Suffer City was the first proper release to come from Roll The Tanks in 2008. Go look at the reviews, people dug it, but were also completely confounded by their fresh brand of gutsy rock. Again, in a vain effort to pigeon-hole what these guys are doing, reviewers described it as “Brit pop”, cited Elvis Costello or The Shins, while another song is described as a “manic, bluesy screamer”. Point is, this music is brave and caught a lot of folks off guard. Not easy to do in this day and age.
With that buzz and momentum the Tanks rolled forth and toured the land, and while on the road with Against Me! they were spotted by another label. It was Florida’s Sabot Records (they boast releases from The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, The Hold Steady, etc.) who handled last year’s, Goodnight Jimmy Lee. That, friends, was a shit-hot single that Rolling Stone debuted to the masses in 2011. The song paid tribute to the late great hero of the garage rock underground, Jay Reatard, and all the hubbub surrounding the single landed them on Last Call with Carson Daly. Not a bad outing for a single from an underground band on an underground label. The next step was clear: more rock shows and an obvious need to make some even more compelling music. And that’s what is in store with this new self-titled EP.
In the past, you could plainly describe Roll The Tanks as The Kinks meets a tasteful, modern-day punk outfit, yadayada. But once again, these guys keep us guessing on this new release because you’ll hear touches of glam, anthemic rock, and 80′s/90′s alt-rock influences like The Replacements and Cheap Trick. And this time around it’s Look Sharp Records that has got their paws on these upstarts and they intend to “go for it” as we say in the biz. Lord knows, the band has provided them with ample ammunition with these four new jams. Imagine a more rockin’, less fruity Hot Hot Heat. The kids may not quite understand it yet, but they’re gonnafuckin’ love it.
You may not be able to predict what these guys are going to do musically, but one thing you can count on is that their work ethic and hunger for the road; especially in the wake of this new material. Maybe it’s fitting that their touring history is just as eclectic as their sound. Somehow they ended up on the road with venerable streetpunk bands like Swingin’ Utters, or you may have seen them on tour with psychobilly heavyweights, the Koffin Kats. It certainly takes all kinds, and up next will be dates with Boston rockers, Street Dogs. Like we said, Roll The Tanksare an ambitious band, so expect to hear a lot from this hungry foursome in 2012 and beyond.
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