A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Artists who produced excellent records after long (at least ten years) layoffs.
Been listening to the Feelies' Here Before (2011) and really digging it. It is a nice addition to their body of work. Since their last record, Time For a Witness came out in 1991, that is a 20-year layoff. Misson of Burma went 22 years between Vs (1982) and On Off On (2004). I'm also eagerly anticipating Guided by Voices classic linup reunion album which comes out next month-- 15 years after Under the Bushes, Under the Stars.
My longtime faves Buffalo Tom went 1998 to 2007 between Smitten and Three Easy Pieces
That was a little tough for me to take, but they were playing live throughout (killing) and the interim included 2 Bill Janovitz solo albums, 1 great, 1 less so
That nine year span seemed like an eternity to me. Hey Harry, did you ever listen to Shirk Circus?
Shirk Circus? What is that?
(.....I am reminded of the Spinal Tap album, Shark Sandwich....it got a 2 word album review...."Shit Sandwich"...rim shot...)
I know, right? Sometimes you hear the name of the band and you just think they really didn't want to make it. Here's the bio from AMG:
Meeting by chance in the "Ween" section of a local Hoboken, New Jersey record store was the unintentional start of what would soon become Shirk Circus. With the original line up of Josh Silverman (guitar/ vocals), Bob Britton (bass) and Chris Maggio (drums) getting together in 1991, the intention was to create some obnoxious, angst filled pop-punk brought on by the likes of early Descendants with. After several months, a handful of gigs, a six song demo and a couple drummers later, Frank Lieberum would settle in on the skins before Shirk Circus endured a year long hiatus. After getting back together in 1993, releasing the four-song EP "Because of You, I Missed the Guess Who Concert" and recruiting Dan Shafer on bass, their first full-length "Words to Say" was released a year later on Bar/None Records. Following a couple tours of the United States, Shirk Circus' follow-up album "March" came out in 1995.
I found both of their Bar None albums in the Cheap Bin about 10 years ago. Both of which are pretty good. Josh Silverman (main singer/songwriter for the band) passed away earlier this year. This blogger put together a nice little eulogy: Josh Silverman, R.I.P.
The reason I asked, is because they remind me a lot of Buffalo Tom.
Here's my favorite track, "And Then", from their Second album, March (1995):
Here's a track, "Understanding", from their new album, which I got from a sampler (I still haven't heard all of it yet):
Now playing, "March"
So far, so great, right in my wheelhouse.
They have 3 albums up on Rhapsody, I'll check 'em all out.
Thanks maxjack, as usual.
They remind me a bit of Muzzle.
Edit: My god these guys are friggin' great.
Where have I been? (they're from back mid 90s..)
The Buffalo Tom comparison is finally kicking in, on the back half of March.
It's mostly in the vocals, he recalls Janovitz at times, but they are not hitting the anthemic heights that BT gets to so often.
They have a little dose of alt-country.
Kinda Soul Asulum meets Nadine meets Wilco meets Muzzle meets Buffalo Tom.
Apparently Josh Silverman's post-Shirk Circus band, The Dark Brothers, were a little more overtly Alt-Country. I need to track that stuff down and get the new one.
The only thing Dark Brothers have up on Rhapsody is a "Live From Maxwells" (....an excellent series by the way, shows recorded at my home court from 1983-90)...just listened to it, it rocks OK, but I wish the studio albums were there too.
They sound a lot like Slobberbone here (a good thing)
It wasn't really a comeback, more of a one-off...but with 14 years between "Adventure" and this album, it still counts:
Television - "Call Mr. Lee" from the self-titled album (1992)
I'm with you on Burma. I think they might have come back a better band.
I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about the GBV reunion and she seemed entirely nonplussed. Felt it was too far gone, and had been too frequently disappointed by Bob solo records. I disagreed, noting she hadn't heard the previews of the album. I think it'll be great.
Believe it or not, that was the first Television album I ever heard-- circa 1994. I liked it then, and I still like it now. I remember somebody recommended Television to me, and that was the only album in stock at the store I went to and it was a used copy. Since it was self-titled, I just assumed it was their first one, lol.
I got the ITunes version of the new GBV record. I must admit, so far I am underwhelmed. Like your friend, I have not really enjoyed a Bob Pollard-related release in quite a while. I'll keep listening to it before I make my final opinion. I do still really like the lead single though.
Leaf Hound released quite a good record. Their 2nd, after 30 years of silence.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9YTVAbTda8 I'm kinda holding my breath for the 3rd album ;)
The best return I've heard recently is "The Leaving of London" by The Bevis Frond; it has been 7 years since Nick's last album.
Both Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk made unexpectedly fine "comeback" albums relatively recently, and Dinosaur Jr sustained the momentum with "Farm." Tobin Sprout's "The Bluebirds of Happiness..." was his first in about 5 years and was quite good. Devo's long-awaited latest ("Something for Everybody") was surprisingly good as well. And although they never really went away, the latest albums from the Meat Puppets feel like a return to form.
Roky Erickson's album with Okkervil River felt like a comeback LP as well. Saw them play last year (or was it 2010?) and they were transcendent.
BTW, have you seen the Left Banke video from last month that Popnarcotic posted earlier today? Magnificent.