Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Albums That You Should Own, But Perhaps Don't (And In That Case, You Soon Will): Walking Concert - Run To Be Born

Walking Concert - Run To Be Born

Everything that Walter Schreifels touches turns to gold. He's been in more successful and influential bands than any musician could ever hope to be in.

In the 1980's he was in two seminal New York hardcore bands, Youth of Today and Gorilla Biscuits; in the 90's the all-star post-hardcore unit Quicksand; and since the start of the new millennium, two rousing rock bands, Rival Schools and Walking Concert. Along the way, he also managed to produce one of Hot Water Music's best record, No Division, and release it on his own record label, Some Records.

The guy has quite the body of work behind him.

And while most of his accomplishments have been universally lauded, his outing as Walking Concert, 2004's Run To Be Born, was largely overlooked.

It's too bad, because Run To Be Born displayed Schreifels' keen and mature songwriting skills more so than anything he had done before. Wanting to pay tribute to the sounds of his youth (the Kinks, Bowie, T.Rex's Marc Bolan), he loaded this record with huge hooks and stretched his vocals to new dynamic levels. Songs like "What's Your New Thing?" and "But You Know...It's True" are sure to stick in your head right from the first listen while "Girls In The Field" and "A Lot To Expect" drip melancholic goodness.

It's one of those records that I can't ever see getting sick of and that I appreciate more and more with each new listen. Good stuff.

Listen up:

See Also: ATYSOBPDAITCYSW: Superdrag's Regretfully Yours & Centro-Matic's Distance And Clime.

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