Thursday, October 04, 2012

Album Review: Truth Hurts

Title:  Truth Hurts (BandCamp)
Artist:  Among Giants (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Among Giants is a folk punk group from Orlando, FL.  Truth Hurts, the band’s full-length debut, is a 12 song collection of angry songs about life and society.  What sets Among Giants apart from other folk punk acts is their use of both acoustic and electric instruments; the result being more Billy Bragg and Frank Turner than Defiance, OH and Andrew Jackson Jihad.  “The Pond” and “What’s the Point?,” two of the record’s standout moments, are excellent examples of Among Giant’s electrical take on folk punk.  This is not to say that the acoustic songs aren’t good, because they are—“Get Your Shit Straight” being one of the standouts.  Then there is “All I Want” a song that mixes the electric and the acoustic and is another standout moment.  Overall Truth Hurts is a great folk punk record that isn’t afraid to do more than simply be acoustic guitars and left-wing lyrics.  Fans of the genre, especially the likes of the Violent Femmes and the aforementioned Billy Bragg and Frank Tuner should definitely give Among Giants a listen.

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