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https://thesumnerbrothers.bandcamp.com/album/the-hell-in-your-mind

It’s such a good feeling to find a new band to get excited about and, for me, Vancouver’s Sumner Brothers offer plenty to get excited about. The Hell In Your Mind is something like their sixth album and apparently represents something of a departure according to reviewers familiar with their earlier work, though my investigations on Youtube suggest the elements to be found here have been present in their work for years.

 

Mostly loud, intense and impassioned, these guys have built some full-on musical assaults around simple, repeated structures. The short theme at the core of The Ant Song, for example, has something like eight notes cycling insistently at the centre of a maelstrom of interesting developments spiralling up and away; similarly insistent is the duh duh, duh duh, duh duh, duh duh, duuhh that provides the meaty pulse to Last Night I Got Drunk. On this occasion they juxtapose some softly introspective passages with the suppressed ferocity of emotion at the heart of the music.

 

Dark fears and dark realities permeate this album, as you might expect from the title. As opening lines go, try this for example:

“Thirty one years ago/I killed my mother at birth/ And now my dad/ Hates me”

This is sung with the downbeat matter of factness that reminds me of Richmond Fontaine but the song winds itself up to a ferociously repeated phrase – “You don’t know what it’s like!” – that blows you away with the intensity of it’s emotion. Just one thought in the brain, and this is it: “You Don’t Know What It’s Like!!!”

 

There is room for sweetness in the depths of all this darkness. It Wasn’t All My Fault, a breakup song, has a painfully beautiful melody to express the bittersweet mood and is like finding a rose thriving amidst a nest of barbed wire, a rich colour amongst the jagged edges of black and white.

 

Two things above all strike me about this album: the first is The Sumner Brothers boldness and skill in making songs built around the very simplest of musical elements. The second is their determination – along with all the finest artists there ever were in rock music – to make music that their muse demands, to please no-one but themselves. There is more going on here in 35 minutes or so than most albums you’re likely to encounter this year; electric, acoustic, ferocious, gentle, impassioned and utterly sincere, this is a fascinating new step for the strand of music we once knew as country noir. 

John Davy

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January 2018Month
Last
Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
27
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
27
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
19
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
19
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
14
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
12
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
ALBUMS OF THE MONTH (NOT IN TOP 25)
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
JEFF TWEEDY / Warm / DBPM *JS
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
WESTERN YOUTH / WESTERN YOUTH / Independent *BK
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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