Friday, July 24, 2009
TSOL: DANCE WITH ME
T.S.O.L.'s "Dance With Me" (1981). What an album. T.S.O.L. was a band cursed with constantly changing line-ups and blessed with the fact that none of their releases ever sounded the same. Their strongest effort in my opinion is "Dance With Me". This album is quintessential gothic punk, with the perfect combination of punk and hardcore combined with angular, creepy guitar work and ghastly, perverse, and angst ridden lyrics that skirt the boundaries between hardcore and goth. The vocals of Jack Grisham are an acquired taste, but become highly infectious. The musicianship throughout is tight, fast-paced, energetic, and dark. A few of my favorite tracks are "Code Blue", a twisted and hilarious ode to necrophilia, and "Dance With Me", a goth-hardcore dirge masterpiece. This disc comes highly recommended. For anyone who appreciates both The Misfits and Bauhaus equally.