Pin It
Favorite

CD Reviews 

by Leah Sottile and Mike Corrigan


Hot Water Music


The New What Next THREE STARS


We've all heard of a little thing called


punk - yeah, yeah, yeah, you know all about it. But punk squeezed from the pores of Gainesville, Fla.? Well, that's something completely different. It's the sticky, mucked-up swamp punk that only Floridians could cajole out of the humidity - with bands like Against Me! bringing that slice of the south to the music world. But it's Hot Water Music that patented the uniquely Gainesville sound on fist-pumpers like their 1999 No Division. While the sound was fresh, hot, sweaty, bearded punk, HWM's listeners preferred to sing along rather than fight. And then, for some odd reason, Hot Water started mass-producing albums: two in '99, two in '01, one in 2002 and now yet another. Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, their newest Epitaph release, The New What Next, goes down like a glass of tepid tap water. The band's once steaming hot sound is now too cool even to satisfy. -- Leah Sottile





The Libertines


The Libertines FOUR STARS


Why are we so fascinated by creative


types in the throes of substance addiction? Why do we insist on regaling one another over cocktails with romantic accounts of fatally flawed artistic types known for doing amazing work while in the dark grip of opiates that take much more than they give? Beats me. But rock is full of them. Add to the list the Libertines, a London outfit whose co-founder, singer/guitarist Peter Doherty, is currently one of the UK's most notorious riders of the white horse. Can a band so addled exist for long? Probably not, but while they're here, the Libertines are thrilling us with some extraordinarily exciting rock 'n' roll.


And that includes the band's self-titled second full-length (on Rough Trade). Here, the push-pull between Doherty and co-frontman Carl Barat smells of danger and intensity. Their jagged charm and intelligence are on display in the careening opener, "Can't Stand Me Now," where the protagonist's hopes, doubts and vices are put starkly on display with a deft mix of honesty and swagger. Elsewhere and everywhere on The Libertines, self-destruction has rarely sounded quite so good. -- Mike Corrigan





Publication date: 12/02/04
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Spilled Votes
  • Spilled Votes

    One last look at the conservative domination of the Idaho elections earlier this month
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • Making Spokane Pop
  • Making Spokane Pop

    Publisher's Note
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • Size Matters
  • Size Matters

    Class size isn't a silver bullet, but it will help
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular

Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular @ Riverfront Park

Nov. 28-Jan. 1

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Most Commented On

  • The Lives on the Bus

    Can the STA redesign the Plaza in a way that makes everyone happy?
    • Nov 12, 2014
  • Prisoners of War

    The war on drugs isn't over. Still in the feds' crosshairs: medical marijuana growers across eastern Washington
    • Oct 29, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation