Saturday, October 18, 2014

Liquor Giants - Here (1994, East Side Digital)

I recently had a request for this one, and wouldn't you know it's a nugget o' gold.  Here stands as one of my five favorite Liquor Giants albums.  On second thought, the band only had five albums to begin with, so that's hardly saying anything.  The Gun Club never did much for me, but within it's ranks resided one Ward Dotson.  By the early '90s, G/C were sorta kaput, and with that the guitar slinging Dotson proved to be a capable and compelling front-man on his own terms via a new outlet, the Liquor Giants.  The Giants pop/rock setup was hardly a revelation, but with a tuneful rush of warm, lived in reverb and earnest songs, integrity proved to be the band's calling card.  Here is remarkably consistent with a sonic penchant that pivots in the direction of late '80s Replacements.  The punchy "Stick Around" is not only an apt example of Dotson's inspired headspace at the time, but worth the price of admission alone - and there are a dozen more reasons to do as the aforementioned song title implies.  More Liquor Giants can be imbibed at iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp

01. 67 E. Second St.
02. An Arm Around You Too
03. Stick Around
04. Now That
05. Disgusted
06. This Paper Cut
07. Something's Always on Fire
08. Everybody's a Genius
09. I Don't Mind
10. Play Along
11. Here's to You
12. Hold My Hand
13. Wanna Belong
14. Happy New Year

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5 comments:

Brushback said...

One of my all-time favorite bands. I never knew there were a couple of their releases on Bandcamp. That's great

Off White said...

In between these bands Ward Dotson was in The Pontiac Brothers. If you're not already familiar with Fiesta En La Biblioteca I'd recommend it.

Great blog, thanks for all you post.

Bruce Kelly said...

Liquor Giants are great! Learned of them when I first learned of what I suppose is "indie power pop" when I stumbled upon The Bob magazine and around the same time Amplifier.

Paul Sharar said...

What a classic.

Paul Sharar said...

We covered " Stick Around" now DA Valdez from Pontiac Bros and early Liquor Giants plays bass with us...Youtube Fifth Story Tenants to lend an ear.