It's no stretch of the definition to anoint Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin as godfathers of the American Punk movement. The trick has been to sustain their level of sonic energy and activist passion across three decades, maintaining their integrity, relevance and every-other-year release schedule. Amazingly, Bad Religion has done exactly that since their 1981 debut, a string that continues with their 15th album, 'The Dissent of Man.'
If you have a passion for all things, everything is exciting in some small way. Like my grandmother always said, there are no boring things, just boring people. And none of those boring people had anything to do with new album releases from Lyle Lovett, Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard, Electric Six and Mike Doughty.
In an era when a lot of music has scaled back and become overly somber, Electric Six has revived the concept of "more is more." Their high-energy guitar, shimmering banks of synthesizers and humor (featuring equal measures of tongue and cheek) have reinvented the Rock experience as a contemporary high-energy vaudeville act.