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Album Review – The Dwarves “Born Again”

By all rights I should hate The Dwarves. Their constant use of naked ladies and casual dropping of the word “slut” (among other things) does make my feminist skin prickle, but I can’t help but like them anyway. They are what they are; you know what to expect when you pop in a Dwarves album. They don’t pretend to be anything else.

Lyrically, the Dwarves appeal to the juvenile delinquent within. “Born Again” covers the same topics as pretty much everything else the band has ever written — sex, booze, drugs, and a little violence. As usual, they don’t take themselves too seriously. Or they take themselves incredibly seriously but have taken extreme care to seem like they don’t. Sometimes I’m not sure which. Whichever it is, it’s been working for the past twenty-five years and shows no signs of stopping. They haven’t matured out of writing about the same topics. For any other band, that would be a negative, but somehow the Dwarves keep making it work, even as they keep getting older. I guess there are pills for that now.

The music on this record is pretty fantastic. They stay true to their classic sound, keeping things a little more upbeat and surf-punk-ish. They plow through 18 short and fast tunes (the longest song on the album clocks in just under two-and-a-half minutes) full of tight riffs and catchy hooks. They brought in a bunch of special guests (Dexter Holland, Spike Slawson, Eric Valentine, Gary Owens, Nick Oliveri, Josh Freese) and brought back some ex-Dwarves (Sgt. Saltpeter, Vadge Moore).

Maybe this isn’t a surprise, but for my money (which is technically nothing) the best song on the album is also the least sex-and-drugs-fueled of the whole release, “Working Class Hole.” I’m not even making that judgment based on the lyrics, though, the track is full of smooth melodies and a poppy chorus that can stick inside your brain.

Overall, “Born Again” is a solid addition to the Dwarves’ catalog. Whatever you want to think about their penchant for boobs, crossboners and crass imagery, they’re good at what they do. And I’m not turning in my angry feminist membership card for saying so.



Full Album Stream: The Dwarves – “Are Born Again”

The Dwarves are streaming their entire upcoming album, “The Dwarves Are Born Again” right here.

The album is being released May 10th and will include a free DVD featuring “heroes from throughout the Dwarves saga.”  In the band’s own words:

“You get hardcore punk, ear banging pop and everything in between from the long standing masters of all styles. Damaged rock celebrity cameos mix with twisted phone messages and ear splitting noise all delivered with the pomp and circumstance that only the mighty Dwarves can deliver.”



The Dwarves’ Blag Dahlia discusses new album, punk in general

Here’s one from the old school. Blag Dahlia, the inimitable frontman from seminal punk band The Dwarves, recently sat down for a brief interview with UGO.

In spite of its brief nature, the Dahlia interview covers a lot of ground: special guests on the new album (Dexter Holland, Spike Slawson, Eric Valentine, Gary Owens, Nick Oliveri, Josh Freese), recording with Dwarves alumni, interactions with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and his love of cocaine. He also proceeds to mention that the Dwarves are the “only (punk band) left.” Interesting read; click here to check it out in its entirety.

The Dwarves long-awaited new album “The Dwarves Are Born Again” is due out on May 3rd.



The Dwarves releasing “The Dwarves Are Born Again”, streaming 2 new songs

Alright fans of The Dwarves, this is the story you’ve been waiting a long time for.  The band has FINALLY wrapped up their latest album, “The Dwarves Are Born Again” and will be officially releasing it May 10th, 2011.  If you weren’t stoked enough on that, the album will include a free DVD featuring “heroes from throughout the Dwarves saga.”  In the band’s own words:

“You get hardcore punk, ear banging pop and everything in between from the long standing masters of all styles. Damaged rock celebrity cameos mix with twisted phone messages and ear splitting noise all delivered with the pomp and circumstance that only the mighty Dwarves can deliver.”

You can get a taste of the new material in the shape of two brand new songs, “Stop Me” and “The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever,” which are both streaming right here.



The Dwarves announce summer tour dates

One of the most bizarre and misunderstood punk rock bands of all time, The Dwarves, are touring this summer with The Turbo A.C.’s.

In addition to the US shows, the bands will play a couple of European dates. The tour is scheduled to start June 17th in New York and end August 13th in Norway. Click here for the full tour dates.

The Dwarves last proper full-length was 2004’s The Dwarves Must Die.



The Dwarves working on new album “The Dwarves Are Born Again”

dwarvesThis is sorta old news but it wasn’t brought to my attention until today.  According to their official blog, The Dwarves have been working on a new album titled The Dwarves Are Born Again, which they plan to release sometime this summer.

You can catch the band at the Rebellion Fest this summer in the UK or at these US dates:

Thurs April 8- Huntington Beach, CA @ Blu Café
Fri April 9- Hemet, CA @ The Palms
Sat April 10- Las Vegas, NV @ Boomer’s
Sun April 11 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick

The Dwarves last proper full-length was 2004’s The Dwarves Must Die.