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LEATHERFACE
- Dog Disco (BYO Records) Aptly named after the chainsaw-wielding, teenage-slaying maniac in the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface make good use of their name as their music is nothing short of fierce and formidable. Dog Disco kicks off with the happy-go-lucky song “Hoodlum” which puts into perspective the truculent, Lemmy-like (Motorhead), guttural, yet sincere vocals in which lead singer Frankie Stubbs sings at the zenith of his career. At first listen, one may draw away from the album because of Frankie’s low-key singing (as I did when I first listened to Cherry Knowle) but his voice wins you over, with his wit and charming lyrics as evident on “Diddly Squat.” ‘For years I tried to see the world as a child, and now I see a child as the world.’ Although losing a second guitarist from the previous line-up, Frankie once again prevails and fills the void with a more dense, pre-grunge guitar sound. The vast influence Leatherface has shared with the punk, emo and hardcore community is at its more apparent on Dog Disco. Bands like Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Avail, Dillinger Four and many countless others have borrowed and abused this UK band’s distinct and unforgettable sound into many of their own records. Every song hits an emotional note as Frankie’s words seem to stumble from his lips, sometimes falling short of the listener's ears, all the while convincing you to get off your ass and open the lyric jacket—it is pure poetry to read along to. Any long based Leatherface fan will buy this album, but I also suggest anyone who is interested in an original and eccentric sound to try it out, as this could be Leatherface’s best and last album. —Mike Blanks

 

 

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