Saturday, July 09, 2011

EP Review: Tri-State Record

Title:  Tri-State Record (Paper & Plastick Records)
Artist:  Jon Snodgrass & Friends (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Suburban Home Records,

Jon Snodgrass’ (Drag the River, Armchair Martian) latest project is a collaboration with some of the greats in punk rock – Stephen Egerton (ALL, Descendents), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music, Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves), Brandon Carlisle (Teenage Bottlerocket) and Addison Burns—and takes its name from the fact that everyone on the record lives in one of three states (CO, OK, and FL).  And if that wasn’t enough of a reason in-and-of-itself to get this record, the songs certainly are. 

The five songs on Tri-State Record are exactly what you’d expect from Mr. Snodgrass, songs that straddle the divide between pop punk and alt country and are so good that they stick in your gut and refuse to let go.  The opening track, “Het Dennis” sounds like a long-lost Armchair Martian classic with a ridiculously catchy riff and story in the lyrics.  “Weighing on St. Michael” is a ballad that could have come straight from the Drag the River catalog with a hauntingly simple majesty.  “Campaign Song ‘93” is another classic Snodgrassian rocker while “Bad Kreuznach” is a classicly catchy country romp.  The EP ends with “Regi” another brilliantly simplistic alt country number, sure to one day be a classic.  

Tri-State Record, like everything Mr. Snodgrass touches, is nothing short of brilliant and easily one of the best releases on 2011 (“Hey Dennis” is one of my favorite songs of the year).  My only complaint is that there isn’t more.  I’d love to hear a Jon Snodgrass & Friends full-length album sometime in the near future.  If you are a fan of Uncle Tupelo, Chuck Ragan, Drag the River, Armchair Martian, or Stephen Egerton’s album The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton, then I HIGHLY suggest that you get a copy of Tri-State Record.

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