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Big Drill Car – Toured (A Live Album)

It’s time to pay homage to the mighty Deke at Superdekes! Seriously, if you don’t read his blog you’re missing out on so much. Go there now and Follow his excellent site!

And what is the occasion? I received musics in the mail from Deke! THANK YOU, BROTHER!!!


Big Drill Car – Toured (A Live Album)

I knew of Big Drill Car, back in the day, but I’m shamed to admit I don’t recall owning any of their stuff. Doesn’t mean I didn’t, just means I don’t remember owning it. Anyway. This is pure 90s bliss, I’m so glad they recorded this time capsule of a record. Recorded live at CBGB’s in New York on 1991-09-03, the sound is really good, and it’s clear the band was riding high and executing their tunes at peak performance.

For this performance, they rip through ten original tunes, and end on a rockin’ cover of Billy Joel’s 1978 tune Big Shot, which totally suits the sound. Honestly, it’s perfect. All of it. 

And how would I describe their sound? Melodic punk rock? 90s alternative (to what?) rock? Sure, yes to those. Not metal, not pop. Happily in the middle, 90s-style! There’s massive stadium-level bass rumblings, bitchin’ guitar solos, solid and driving drumming with lots of cymbals and fills, and vocals that sail over top clearly, intelligibly, all while telling fun stories. The songs have great breakdowns in well-chosen spots, the riffs are big, and oh my goodness did I mention the huge bass? Awesome.

At the top of the album, you can tell they’re feeling cheeky as singer Frank Daly says “Well, you people are all in attendance for a momentous occasion. As you can see, we borrowed the Rolling Stones’ mobile unit, it’s out front of the club… we’re recording, you’re all on tape. We have evidence…” and then they’re off and running… Fun!

In the liner notes, they also note: “This is just a quick note from an involved individual to the concerned. Our main motivation for recording this was money! It was cheap. $215.00 to be exact. So please keep that in mind, no overdubs, no extra guitar tracks, just plain LIVE” The note goes on with some news about the band and their label, then ends with: “We would also like to extend our most sincere apologies to anyone who bought this album thinking it was out new studio album. We hope you saved the receipt.” I love humour like that, and I love albums recorded straight from the stage to the tape. As Rollins said (and named a killer live album the same), it’s the Only Way To Know For Sure. When you hear how it went down with no fixes, you know if the band has the chops to cut it. Big Drill Car has them, big time.

In Sum:

Deke! THANK YOU! This rules. I love getting tunes in the mail, and you’ve definitely hooked me up with a superb live record I’ll have in rotation for a good long while! RAWK! Thank you, Deke!


Track List (Total Time 30:32):

16 Lines / Ick / Brody / In A Hole / Let Me Walk / No Need / Annie’s Needle / Reform Before / Restless Habs / If It’s Poison / Big Shot

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