February 5, 2012
As a rule, I am not typically one for live records. But Wait! Hang on, hear me out!
I have always seen an artist’s release, (or “album,” as we used to call them,) as an collective statement: a work of art. Some hits that are well-received and popular tracks are great, but B-sides and deep cuts, to me, provide each work of recorded material with a personality. I love that. A full-length recording SHOULD be assembled with thought going to the order of the tracks, the mood of the songs and how they flow into each other.
Also, the bands that recorded them, the authors that wrote them, the mixing and production process, that whole gamut, this was all done to realize an idea of each song, and the recording as a whole. It gives a sense of flow, a cohesiveness that can make a collection of songs into much more.
But wait! I also love live shows! The energy and passion that a band can produce from sheer enthusiasm, synergy between performers and audience, the camaraderie amidst the revelry amongst the crowd. It is a great experience.
However, a lot of the things that I love about live shows, and a lot of the things I love about studio releases are typically missing from your average “live CD,” (this usually also applies to “Greatest Hits” and various artist compilations.)
Now, this may just be my own personal perspective, but I felt it necessary to mention where my head was at as I listened to the new live CD from The Langer’s Ball.
Minnesota’s The Langer’s Ball have released a new recorded-live-on-St.-Patrick’s-day CD, Drunk, Sick and Tired. Originally a duo, Hannah Rediske and Michael Sturm have been banging out the Irish Punk sound since 2007, playing major gigs all over the midwestern U.S. and have released two very well received releases, 2008’s As I Roved Out and 2009’s Ships Are Sailing.
Along with Sturm and Rediske’s guitar, mandolin, vocals, accordion, and penny whistle, Drunk, Sick and Tired sees the addition of bass guitar, electric guitar, drums & additional backing vocals seeing the Ball take on the form of a quintet.
The result is a very enthusiastic live collection of songs, versions of well known numbers, mostly tradition ones, all punked up and blasted through with a special kick on the keister.
As I said, I am not typically a fan of live recordings, but listening to Drunk, Sick, and Tired DOES make me wish I was at this show. It sounds like it was a blast!
So, if you like live recordings and look for CDs that capture a band’s performance highlights, AND like hearing amped up versions of some classic songs, then The Langer’s Ball’s Drunk Sick and Tired would probably scratch you right where you itch!
It should also be mentioned that Drunk, Sick and Tired was included in both Shite ‘N’ Onions, AND PaddyRock.com’s top 10 of 2011 lists! So there!
Review by Christopher Toler, THE Blathering Gommel