Civil War

Civil War


Fat Wreck Chords
~Dillinger Four
Vinyl

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Fat Wreck Chords
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Official Release Date Nov 11, 2008
Artist Dillinger Four
Genre Pop
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0004924084
Item Code  0751097071816

track listing

1. A Jingle for the Product2. Contemplate This on the Tree of Woe3. Parishiltonisametaphor4. Gainesville5. Ode to the North America Snake Oil Distributor6. Minimum Wage Is a Gateway Drug7. The Classical Arrangement8. Americaspremierfaithbasedinitiative9. The Art of Whore10. Fruity Pebbles11. A Pyre Laid for Image and Frame12. Like Eye Contact in an Elevator13. Clown Cars on Cinder Blocks

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After a six year wait, Dillinger Four returned with their second album for Fat Wreck Chords. Initial plans were to release a record in October of 2006, but after several delays (most of which were attributed to the members being in their mid-thirties with full-time jobs) an official deadline was finally imposed when NOFX invited Billy and the boys to support them on a future tour, provided that Civil War was finished and ready to promote. Once an end-date was strictly enforced, the ball started rolling quickly. Recorded at the Terrarium with producer Dave Gardener between July and October of 2008, the group re-emerged with a record that held strong to their melodic punk roots, but showed a new, more mature side of the band. The fiery pep is still intact here, but the carefree days of "He's a Shithead (Yeah, Yeah)" have been replaced with thoughtful lyrics dealing with social injustices. It's vintage punk in that sense, and that's a good thing. They stand out as a band with significance in a punk pool becoming more diluted with fashion-focused emo-poppers singing about teen angst. As a group coming to terms with the knowledge that they're the old-timers in a modern-day punk scene, their maturity suits them well (their press packet plays up this trait, ranking them as a band as important to the '90s and '00s as Black Flag was to the '80s). With themes that focus on governmental deception and materialism ("A Jingle for the Product"), lousy economical state of being ("Minimum Wage Is a Gateway Drug"), and media propaganda ("Parishiltonisametaphor"), it's their most glossy, most consistent, most calm, and surprisingly, their most socially relevant album, despite their approach toward middle age on a teen-oriented punk playground.

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