Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Lawrence Arms - Fat Club 7"

The Lawrence Arms – Fat Club 7”
Fat Wreck Chords, 2001
Acquired: Half Price Books, Used, 2013
Price: $.50

“Porno and Snuff Films” was the lead single and lead off track from the Lawrence Arms third album, Apathy& Exhaustion. This was the first song of theirs I ever heard and it was the beginning of a long, fruitful relationship with one of Chicago’s best punk bands. This is the same as the Fat Club 7” listed on Discogs, but it is not pressed on transparent purple vinyl. Either way, it contains “Overheated,” one of my favorite Larry Arms b-sides. Only because it came on shuffle one day and I sat back, said “Oh shit” and thought about how the Larry Arms always have the best b-sides. It’s funny, because I started off as a total Brendan Kelly guy and evolved into a Chris McCaughan guy. I think it’s an id/superego thing. Brendan Kelly is all the raw, brutal, piss and shit elements where Chris McCaughan is the more sensitive, emotionally ravaged stuff. Together, their dynamic and the way their little venn diagrams overlap make the Lawrence Arms a band I consistently root for and patiently await each and every release. Good to know their new album, Metropole, is comin’ out on the ‘taph on January 28!

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