Contest:: Win tix to The Warped 45s Matador Sunset release tour

The grind of being a touring band is a son of a bitch. No matter what metaphor you try to spin or how you try to glorify the experience, being trapped in a van for six or seven hours a day watching the odometer turn and the gas tank empty isn’t really living the dream. The road, is however, a necessary evil. Melodies are tested and emotions are processed. Harmonies are tightened and filler is harshly graded by crowds night after night. The friendly confines of the jam space are sympathetic and forgiving and ultimately, too protective.


Matador Sunset is the result of kilometers in the van, and nights spent on stage. Without question The Warped 45s are polished and professional, but the moments that connect are those fueled by adrenaline. While completely enjoyable and remarkably strong for a debut LP, 10 Day Poem for Saskatchewan now sounds like a warm-up lap or relaxed jog in comparison. The spoken word style of “Grampa Carl” grabs the listener with a historical retelling of the life and times of a rum runner (oh, and it has a huge chorus), the metal-tinged “Live Bait” might be the best song ever written about a guy selling worms and the band’s take on swampy, gospel blues (“Grime Of Earthly Glory”) are brasher than they’ve ever sounded, but almost every song on the record moves at a quicker pace than previous efforts.


Shifting gears may not result in the same sway and swoons the band delivered on their debut, but it’s essential for growth. There’s no song as breathtaking as “Radio Sky” (although “Talk About Evil” comes close to transcendence and “Victoria Day” could be mistaken for a Gord Downie standard), but Matador Sunset is a more consistent, complete experience. It’s easy to toss around names like Drive-By Truckers, Wilco, The Band or any talented roots outfit that can charm an audience instead of trying to quantify the listen, but personally, I think Matador Sunset’s biggest success is the step it takes in helping the band stand on their own name.


The Warped 45s are playing at the Seahorse on August 6th (with Steve Gates) and we have two tickets to giveaway. To enter, just email us your contact info or leave the pertinents in the comments section below. Good luck.


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MP3:: The Warped 45s - Talk About Evil



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