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Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 3:08 PM (PST) by gunnar
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
When Western Addiction plays, it’s like discovering punk rock for the first time. They’re hardcore. They’re SoCal. They’re loud and angry, snide and fun; they blend the spectrum of punk into a catchy, moshable behemoth. It’s been twelve years since since their last full-length though, and now we finally have our follow up. Tremulous is a testament to Western Addiction’s songwriting and musicianship as much as it is a personal album and a declarative statement of what punk rock can be.
While it serves as a suitable shorthand, calling Western Addiction a hardcore band is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not totally unfair, as they do draw the core of their sound from the genre, but there’s something more pure that Western Addiction is reaching for. They are a punk band. They’re a distillation of everything punk rock can be, with background vocals, chugging guitars, screamed dissent, and unrelenting speed. They’re real talent though is combining all of these elements and being more than just a pastiche. Through and through, Western Addiction has their own sound, their own idiosyncrasies that make their music their own. On Tremulous, they introduce more ideas to the mix, as well as maximizing the potential of others. The spaghetti-western licks have taken on a Burdette-borne neocrust tinge, the drums are as insistent as ever, and the vocals still deliver couplet after couplet of emphatic rebellion.
“Clatter and Hiss” opens the album, a classic rager, propelled by riffs and chugging chords. I don’t know how they do it, but Western Addiction imbue the age-old punk vocab with new life. When the guitars palm-mute their way through a progression, you feel like you’re on the verge of something violent, they’re a work of tension. The drums and bass are on the same page, with danceable beats filling even the quieter parts of the song with a nervous energy. Tension and release are a hallmark of their talent– they know when to hold back and they know when to explode.
Tremulous’ greatest strength is that it’s good all the way through. There’s no bad songs here, and the band understands how to write an album. Not all aggressive bands can do this. You have to have the hooks, or else chance it blurring into one angry chord progression. Songs like “Honeycreeper,” a slower, jammier track with a catchy chorus gives the album a bit of texture and keeps the album from sagging in the middle. The relative prominence of vocal melodies on Tremulous is one of the most noticeable instances of growth since Cognicide. They’re tasteful and subdued compared to other Fat Wreck acts though, and do well to add, not subtract from the band’s forward momentum.
The album ends with the most daring song Western Addiction has done to date. A slow song– sung– all the way through. “Your Life is Precious” is a heady breather, a reminder why we’re all involved in this punk rock nonsense in the first place, anchored by a line that’ll touch most any of us: “it doesn’t sound good like music in a record store.” I think that’s where the album’s tell truly is. Music is weaponized art, punk rock is a degenerate’s paintbrush and canvas– an alphabet to spell personal turmoil. Tremulous is a lot of things, but to me, it’s an album for and about the lovers of song; as politicized and angry as it can be; as gut-wrenchingly personal; as loud, brash, and downright fun— it’s a gift to those of us who use music as a bookmark for pages in our lives. For the weirdos and misfits who know how good music in a record store sounds.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:21 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:43 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:26 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 3:04 PM (PST) by Johnny X
San Francisco hardcore punk act Western Addiction will release a brand new full-length album titled “Tremulous” on March 10th via Fat Wreck Chords. To get you fired up you can read the official statement from Fat and stream 25 seconds of what I’m guessing is one of the new songs below.
“Tremulous” will be the band’s first release since their 2015 EP “I’m Not The Man I Appear To Be.”
Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM (PST) by frenchfu...nfrog
Fat Wreck Chords released a new installment in their Fat Music compilation series on August 7th, and it features new tracks from NOFX, Western Addiction, PEARS, Leftover Crack, Swingin’ Utters, and many more. You can listen to the entire thing below.
The folks at Fat Wreck are currently celebrating their 25th year as a label, with a North American tour featuring a host of Fat favorites currently underway, and a huge Japanese show taking place in November.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 4:42 PM (PST) by milhouse
I woke up Monday morning feeling like a bus hit me, with Bad Religion still playing in my pounding head. The band rocked the night before, and I was excited to see what night two had in store. A trip to Golden Gate Park before the show set me right and proper, and I was ready to dance to favorites like “Sorrow”, “True North”, and “Robin Hood In Reverse”, among many others. Tonight was to be a night of songs exclusively from the 21st century, and while the crowd still packed the house, it was not as rambunctious nor full as the night before. Everyone enjoyed themselves nonetheless, right from the beginning.
Western Addiction opened the night to a pretty full house. I’ve been a fan for a while now, and it was great to see them kill it. The guys recently released their newest album, “I’m Not The Man I Thought I’d Be”, this past March, which you can listen to here.
OFF! is always out of control and tonight was no different. Between Keith Morris’ crazy and intense facial expressions and Steven Shane McDonald’s beautiful bass lines, the California supergroup puts on one hell of a show.
Bad Religion began their night in equally surprising fashion as night one, this time kicking off their set with ‘Kyoto Now”, before going right into “Social Suicide”. I had just left the photo pits when “Robin Hood in Reverse” started playing. Such a shame because I couldn’t ditch my gear in time to get to my other favorite pit. This is one of my all-time favorite bands and I watched on with awe and childhood amazement as they went through songs like “Supersonic”, “Dharma and the Bomb”, “Fuck You”, and so many more…I thought the set was going to last forever.
Have a look at all the shots night two below.
Big thanks to Epitaph and Justine from Goldenvoice for help along the way.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4:23 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Anyone who was worried that they would have to wait another seven or eight years to hear some new music from Western Addiction can rest easy. Just a little over a year after the release of the Pines EP the band is already back with a brand new 7-inch, I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be. Containing three new songs, this 7-inch shows no indication that the band plans on slowing down anytime soon.
The title track, which features guest vocals from Serpent Crown’s Dara Santhai, is a pounding, balls-to-the-wall rock tune, with a heavy riff that wouldn’t sound out of place in a large arena. We’re talking AC/DC big sounding here. Fortunately, the lyrical content is more grounded and focuses on the harsh reality that your life won’t end up the same way that you might have hoped or imagined when you were younger.
The next two tracks tone down the big riffs in favor of a more hardcore approach: “Cold-Hearted Maceration” is fast, and bass driven, while “Clatter and Hiss” is even more stripped down and raw, and wouldn’t sound out of place on an early 80’s DC compilation. (“Clatter and Hiss” is labeled as a demo to be re-recorded for Western Addiction’s next LP, but it sounds so great here that hopefully it won’t change too much).
I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be is only three songs and clocks in at under ten minutes. But as everyone knows, quality over quantity, and Western Addiction succeeds on that front. It goes hand-in-hand with Pines and should tide fans over until the band finally releases their long-awaited second full length album.
4 / 5 – Listen to it below.
RIYL: Black Flag, The Bronx, New Mexican Disaster Squad
Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
San Francisco hardcore punk act Western Addiction have released a stream of their new EP I’m Not the Man I Thought I’d Be. The EP has three new tracks, including a demo version of a song that will appear on the band’s upcoming full length album. You can give it a listen below, and if you like it you can buy it directly from the band on Bandcamp.
Western Addiction released I’m Not The Man That I’d Thought I’d Be on March 10, 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords.
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM (PST) by Johnny X
The song will appear on the band’s upcoming EP “I’m Not The Man That I’d Thought I’d Be” slated for release March 10th 2015 through none other than long time label Fat Wreck Chords. The release features three new tracks, including this tune which is actually a demo “Clatter and Hiss” for a song that will appear on the band’s upcoming full-length album.
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 3:03 PM (PST) by hayley
San Francisco hardcore punk act Western Addiction have just announced details on a new EP “I’m Not The Man That I’d Thought I’d Be.” The EP will be released March 10th 2015, and features three new tracks, including a demo for “Clatter and Hiss” which will be featured on the band’s upcoming album.
Check out the tracklisting as well as the EP artwork below. Western Addiction last released the “Pines” EP in November 2013.
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
The tune was released on a limited edition 10-inch put out for this year’s Fest and its a little different for the band; a rock-ish duet with female metal vocalist Dara from Serpent Crown. Kinda cool.
Western Addiction is working on new material and planning for a full-length release next year on Fat Wreck Chords. They last released a 7-inch in November, 2013 called “Pines”.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM (PST) by bob9746
For those of you bummed to not yet have seen Western Addiction live (or for those that can’t get enough of them live) we’ve got a treat for you. It’s a video of the band’s entire set at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco on December 19th.
Check it out below.
Western Addiction released their “Pines” 7-inch via Fat Wreck on November 7th.
While Western Addiction have only released one full length, the die-hard praise it gets is revealing. For many, Cognicide is a minor classic and Pines is a long awaited return, and while only three songs, it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t worth the wait.
As soon as EP opener “Black Salt” began I realized that even though this was their first release since 2005, Western Addiction hadn’t missed a beat. They still play pure form punk rock, drawing from Black Flag and other early 80’s hardcore heroes. Pines is just as driving, aggressive, and riffy as its predecessors, but compared to many of its contemporaries its a wake up call. Lyrically, it’s also filled with deliciously visceral imagery (“Blown reek, brass tacks/ Tendrils solder around the nape of your neck/ Black salt, fanglets/ A gold watch in exchange for your quivering flesh”) bringing to mind punk rock’s most classical cause: confrontation.
“God Says No” is another anthemic number, featuring an unhinged guitar solo and some more punk rock lyrical perfection. The pace on Pines never lets up, and this along with another brilliant hardcore release (Paint It Black’s Invisible) from earlier this year, has led me to believe that the EP is truly the perfect delivery method for the art form. The short, loud, and pissed off nature of the music is a natural fit for the shorter format– like an adrenaline shot of righteous fury.
The final track, “My Opinion Is, I Hate It,” opens with a single note lead that transforms into power chord chugs, before finally taking a backseat to the bark of the vocals, transforming once again into a sort of distorted punctuation. It’s another rollicking song, and another win for Western Addiction.
Pines is an amazing EP, and proof that hardcore can be just as vital, powerful, and, well, good as it was in its heyday. Western Addiction may have been gone for awhile, but their return is a welcome one.