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Album Review: Daniel Folmer- Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers

16 Nov

By Junior Varsity

The first thing you need to know about Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers, the new album from Denton’s Daniel Folmer, is that it is essentially a country album; at least that’s what I think he’s going for here. The album is full of slide guitar, fiddle and classic country-style lyrics of love and especially heartbreak.

After adjusting to the country feel of the album, the first thing that stands out are the lyrics. Songs such as “20 Karat Ring” show Folmer at his finest in this area, using his well-crafted lyrics to break the hearts of his listeners.

In the chorus to the song, he sings, “I’ve got a 20-dollar bill that says you will, a 20-karat ring that says you won’t. If you can’t find a reason to go on with life without me, why should I?” This chorus just wants to be listened to repeatedly and contemplated over. I find myself returning to this song more than any other on the album.

Daniel Folmer–20 Karat Ring

Other songs on the album don’t fare quite as well lyrically. On the hymn-like track “Count on Jesus,” Folmer repeats the same lines throughout the majority of the song without ever really grabbing the attention of the listener.

He uses lyrical repetition for much of the album, which turns out to be both his strength and weakness. On songs with interesting and well-thought-out lyrics, the repetition is welcomed. But while listening to lyrically weak songs, I find myself waiting for something that never comes.

Musically speaking, the album as a whole has the same dichotomy in play. Many of the country influenced songs sound a little too similar to each other and by the end of the album end up blurring together. The stand-out tracks are the ones that really don’t fit into the country mold.

“District County Court”, for example, is reminiscent of older material from Folmer. The country vibe is shaken off for this track and a more general pop/rock feel takes its place. This song is the most enjoyable listen on the album, featuring guitar solos, full band rhythm section and distorted vocals. This is the song that I expect to find used on various blogs and radio stations to promote the album (Editor’s note: see below). It is by far the catchiest track on the record.

Daniel Folmer–District County Court

Overall, this is an album that has a lot of material that falls short of Folmer’s potential, but the few songs that do reach that place that Folmer is looking for are worth putting on repeat.

Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers will be released by Gutterth this Saturday at Rubber Gloves. The free show will feature Daniel Folmer, Caleb Ian Campbell, Burnt Siena Trio and Spooky Folk.

Rundown: 8/31 to 9/6

31 Aug

I am trying to figure out weather or not gambling on the LLWS makes me a bad person. Yes I won, and yes when I made the wager I did so with the caveat that I would donate 10% of any ill gotten means toward my local LL organization. But, I still wagered on the achievements of a group of young men therefore making anything they accomplished cheapened in my eyes. Instead of respecting, and appreciating the feat it would always be that time I won, or lost money on the LLWS.

Though to be honest letting the winnings ride on the Bears pretty much answers that question, and letting it ride again on the Texans proved that it’s really not even a question at this point.

Anyway it’s free week in Denton, and that means shows galore, including a massive show we’re throwing on Saturday. check it out after the jump.

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Rundown: 7/7 to 7/12

7 Jul

The issue of doing most of the writing for this site is when something comes up I don’t really have anyone to fall back on to get post up, and I’m forced to through random shit up via my phone. Anyway, we’ve got a fairly decent week capped by a free show we’re throwing, and a that little bit of breaking news we had for you on Sunday. Continue reading

Rundown: 4/20 to 4/26

20 Apr

I’m not one to complain about the opportunity to see some quality live music, but doesn’t it feel like the calender has been rather hectic since NX35? It’s been one big touring act after another, and countless quality local fare almost every night for over a month now. Like I said, far be it for me to complain about actually having things I want to see, especially when there can be some pretty bleak times around these parts, but man I’m fucking broke. Anyway, this week is loaded yet again with quality and quantity, take a look after the cut. Continue reading

Rundown: 3/30 to 4/5

30 Mar

Here’s the deal for the week kids this is going to be short and sweet, his week you’re getting an album review, a movie review, and an in depth look at Mr. Leonard Cohen. Continue reading

Rundown 2/23 to 3/1

24 Feb

Pitchfork has this mind boggeling article that is best summed up as Hanson + The Smashing Pumpkins + Cheap Trick + Fountains of Wayne= Huh?

If you’re brave Rolling Stone has the single streaming on one of their blogs.

We shot jr has a pretty awesome run down of tuesday nights no idea fest that’s going down at Lola’s in Ft. Worth.

Anyway tonight you’ve got Paul Slavens at Dan’s in Denton.

Tomorrow No idea fest at Lola’s, Joan Baez at Lakewood, and yeahdef and bangs are doing a Fat Tuesday party at Hailey’s

Wednesday This Will Destroy You & Mom are at the Granada

Thursday Son Volt & Doug Burr are Dan’s, and Ume is at the Lounge with Record Hop for a album release show.

Friday will have Chrissie Hynde enthusiast will be at the House of Blues, while the Starlight Mints play Hailey’s.

Saturday Gutterth is throwing a show at RGRS.

Also I’ll be heckling the world’s worst band at their cd release party

And, Sunday is a day of rest bitches.