The Last (BYO Records)
I hate to say it, but this disc teeters between not doing much for me and
being flat-out boring. The
reason I hate to say it is that from all Iíve read about these guys
(admittedly only stuff they put in their press kit), not liking this CD
means I donít have an ounce of Indie credibility.
And oh, how Iíve longed for that olí Indie cred, and now
everythingís ruined! Most
of the songs on The Last seem like Husker Du without the hooks or bite.
Despite this, singer and primary songwriter Frankie Stubbs has a
remarkable voice- think Lemmy but more dynamic.
Leatherface has a song on this disc called ďShipyardsĒ that
pairs Frankieís growl with a scaled down piano, and it works well.
Unfortunately, the rest of the CD falls into the trap of too much
mid-tempo fuzzy (some may call it punk- I donít) rock.
The Last was originally put out in Europe in 1993 or í94 but never
saw the light of day here. Itís
been re-released in 2001 with 8 more tracks from a Stubbs side project
called Pope, giving me the impression that what Iím hearing now is
basically the equivalent of b-sides and rarities that would mainly be
appreciated by hardcore Leatherface fans.
As much as Iím not into this disc, Iím going to try to round up
another Leatherface release, hopefully catching them on their A-game,
before I make a final judgment. ĖBen Hunter