Throw Rag is a band that has been on my “should check out” list for quite some time. I’d never heard of them when lead vocalist Capt. Sean Patrick Wheeler rolled into town with Joe Buck back in April. After his guest spot during Joe’s set I decided I wanted to look into his band at some point.
Admittedly, when left to my own devices I don’t bother listening to any punk rock any more. I have no problem with punk, mind you, it’s just that at the ripe old age of 35 I just don’t have that much angst left anymore and what little I do have is generally kept wobbly by a high BAC. So, when I originally looked up Throw Rag on wikipedia and saw “punk” they started sliding down the priority list, but my recent love affair with the Amazon MP3 service has allowed me to purchase a lot of shit really quickly. Throw Rag’s 2008 effort, 2nd Place was one such album. In hindsight, I have no idea why these guys are labeled as punk. To me, they are a straight forward guitar driven rock and roll band. A damned good one, too.
Apparently 2nd Place features a collection of both new and old songs. I couldn’t tell which was which, but almost all the songs feel like they could find themselves on a Rob Zombie film soundtrack at some point or another. I enjoyed the album enough to buy another Throw Rag album and settled on 13 Feet and Rising due to its featuring guest spots by Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Keith Morris (Circle Jerks) and Lemmy (Motorhead), the latter on a cover of Merle Haggard’s song, “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down”.
So, if you like a little Supersuckers type of rock from time to time, check these guys out. They’ll fit the bill.
from 13 Feet and Rising:
from 2nd Pace: