Artist: The Bar Stool Preachers
Album: Grazie Governo
Label: Pirates Press
Release Date: August 3rd, 2018
Brighton’s six-piece punk ensemble, The Bar Stool Preachers, are at it again, and I could not be more thrilled. The Bar Stool Preachers have quickly become a staple of my ‘summer soundtrack’ since seeing them live in Philadelphia. I was excited to hear their new album was set to release in August, but when I got this chance to review the album early, I was cautiously optimistic. Even though I was hopeful that this new release would be good, the possibility of a follow-up album flopping (as I have experienced with other bands) was very real.
My initial thought hearing Grazie Governo for the first time was ‘wow’. Not just because these lads are stellar folks (which they are – but that is an entirely different story), but because this album is tight! There is something about it that just draws you in, and holds you captive from the first track to the last. I truly cannot listen to it enough!
The Preacher’s debut album, Blatant Propaganda, was fun, danceable, and fit in alongside the staples of the ska/punk scene. But however good it was, this sophomore album is so much more than its predecessor. Grazie Governo has retained the same ska/punk essence as Blatant, but has matured in its sound and its message… all the while not sounding preachy (…see what I did there?!).
- Grazie Governo
- 8.6 Days (All The Broken Hearts)
- Choose My Friends
- Cry Wolf
- Raced Through Berlin
- Since You
- Force Fed
- High Horse
I think I listened to Grazie Governo a dozen times before sitting down to write this review. Each song carries a very distinct message. Regardless of who you are, or where you live, you will be able to relate to these songs. Aimee Interrupter’s vocals on “Choose My Friends” is a perfect addition alongside TJ’s pure, raw sound. There is a great mix of upbeat and slower tempo songs which will satisfy any musical mood you may be in. I could break down each track in detail, but you will be far better served giving this album a listen and forming your own opinion of this brilliant collection.
I don’t think I can pick an absolute favourite song on this album. Although “Warchief”, “DLTDHYOTWO”, “Grazie Governo”, and “Raced Through Berlin” are the stand out tracks on the album for me. So much in fact that I found myself singing “Warchief” out loud while out and about… much to the displeasure of the people on the street around me. All that being said, each track is fantastic in its own right and deserves to be listened to. Loudly.
Still not sure?
If you have never listened to The Bar Stool Preachers, it’s really hard to compare them to just one band in particular. When I listen to them, I can hear similarities to the Hellcat sound so many of us have grown to love. Still, the Preachers still retain their own uniqueness and their individuality as a ska/punk band that lets them shine on their own. So, if you enjoy bands like The Interrupters, Mustard Plug, The Flatliners, or Operation Ivy you will almost certainly enjoy The Preachers.
You can find the first three singles out on your favourite streaming sites now. But be sure to pre-order Grazie Governo before its release. It will very quickly become your newest favourite album to listen to so don’t sit on this gem!