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Old Man Markley - Down Side Up

Connor_McGaha   (38 reviews)

Posted: 03/26/2013 | Comments: 20 | Rate:

This is a disappointment. I was super excited for this album, seeing as it's labeled as "punk" and "bluegrass," but often times, things aren't always what they seem. Or, for me, they never are. Coming from Fat Wreck Chords' roster, Old Man Markley plays nothing that's associated with punk music at all. I cannot stress that enough. Besides vaguely socio-political lyrics at some points, this album is a jumble of bluegrass riffs (which takes talented, I will admit), and alternating male and female vocals. It's great for what it is. That isn't the problem. The problem is what it is: bluegrass.

There is nothing in my life that has been more soul-crushing, to date, than the opening of this album. When I saw this review, I saw "Fat Wreck Chords," and just about shit myself. As a kid, Fat Wreck bands were my absolute favorites. Marketing, though, seems to have gotten the better of Fat Wreck. This is heartbreaking to any fan of punk music at all. It's a disgrace to Fat Wreck Chords (which sounds ridiculous in trying to be serious).

This is bluegrass. Bluegrass with Rockabilly undertones, but Bluegrass all the same.

That being said, it's not bad bluegrass; it's just bluegrass. That's the problem. Is it well-written? Sure. Are the instruments played well? Yes, impressively so. Is this on Fat Wreck Chords? The same label that has carried some of the most aggressive, fun punk bands of the last 20 years? Yes. It unfortunately is.

As a reviewer, this album is good; it's not great, but it's well-written bluegrass music that is melodic, fun, and smile-inducing. It's got hooks, it has heart; I would love to see this band live and have a drink (or 4).

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Comments
old dancing boy
38,244 Posts
34/M/PA
call me a boy one more time, see what fucking happens.
FTW Champion
20,619 Posts
31/M/PA
This is the most whiny review I've ever read.
I brought gifts
17,745 Posts
33/M/MD
Caring what record label put out the record is odd
Cats. Hardcore.
101 Posts
25/M/VA
You mean sarcastic review?

And caring about which record label puts out an album isn't odd at all.
I brought gifts
17,745 Posts
33/M/MD
How is it not odd? Especially with a label that has put out plenty of bad records.

Its hard to find a label that doesn't venture off into different territory. Look at all those absolutely god awful albums Bridge Nine releases now, look at the Nothing and Anne records released by A389, Reaper putting out Chosen Ones records etc etc
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
I kind of agree with him. While labels to tend to venture off their beaten path from time to time, you kind of have an expectation of what you are getting into when you hear X label is releasing the material. Think about when Victory started to make their change into the direction they follow now. Those first couple of WTF? albums definitely threw you for a loop. Now it's the opposite that whenever the release a good album you do a doulbe take. Fat is definitely one of those labels that I almost know exactly what I'm getting myself in bed with when I decide to listen to a record on that label. If this album is a 100% bluegrass record (which it wasn't described as), then I can see where the reviewer is surprised by it. However, I wouldn't be writing off the label completely because of one questionable release.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
I actually really want to listen to this record.
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
How about you do the Snuff review first, jerky?
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
How about you fix the link like I asked you to?
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
I did. Thanks for checking.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
Just checked it (for the 10th time) and it still doesn't work.
I have no legs!
2,832 Posts
30/M/WV
is this bluegrass? what?
Cats. Hardcore.
101 Posts
25/M/VA
Originally posted by: WREN

I kind of agree with him. While labels to tend to venture off their beaten path from time to time, you kind of have an expectation of what you are getting into when you hear X label is releasing the material. Think about when Victory started to make their change into the direction they follow now. Those first couple of WTF? albums definitely threw you for a loop. Now it's the opposite that whenever the release a good album you do a doulbe take. Fat is definitely one of those labels that I almost know exactly what I'm getting myself in bed with when I decide to listen to a record on that label. If this album is a 100% bluegrass record (which it wasn't described as), then I can see where the reviewer is surprised by it. However, I wouldn't be writing off the label completely because of one questionable release.



Yes, John, this is exactly what I meant. Thank you. Also, I was exaggerating and I won't write a label off for one bad release, of course. I'm still an adamant supporter of Deathwish, regardless (and because of) the weird shit they do.
Cats. Hardcore.
101 Posts
25/M/VA
Originally posted by: kilgoretrout

is this bluegrass? what?



bluegrass as fuck
I have no legs!
22 Posts
52/M/NA
I don't know what you neanderthals are arguing over. What's got me up in arms is the incorrect semicolon in the first sentence. Seeing that travesty reminds me of my 5 year old brother trying on my dad's shoes: something looks out of place. You're obviously not ready for the big boy shoes just yet. Stick to velcro straps, young man, until you can correctly use the English language (let alone, correct anyone else on his/her grammar).

In Christ,
Your Brother

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