Wingnut Dishwashers
Burn the Earth, Leave it Behind


5.0
classic

Review

by bungy USER (11 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2011 | 176 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Property is robbery!

Singer/songwriter/hobo/anarchist Pat the Bunny is the man behind Wingnut Dishwashers Union. He plays folk punk, hitchhikes to his own shows (or used to), probably helps in the community garden and definitely doesn’t go to work or the bank unless, of course, he plans on robbing it. While in his previous work in Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains he wrote songs that made you want to shoot dope and drink yourself to death, The Wingnut Dishwashers Union material is much less depressing and focuses on a more positive anarchic vision. Pat, with enthusiasm, helps you see his world, post-revolution, where every neighbor gets along, there was no need for law enforcement, politicians, lawyers and every night the entire city went out and danced in the street. Folk + punk + anarchy = Reinventing Axl Rose right? No, you can tell what Pat the Bunny is saying. You could get drunk with your friends listening to Reinventing Axl Roseand sing along to its energetic choruses, but Burn the Earth, Leave it Behind is one you’ll be singing along to when you get drunk by yourself. Pat pushes his smoke and alcohol worn throat to its maximum, honestly detailing his feelings and opinions which you’ll fall for in an instant with his unabashed view of the world and himself.

On Burn the Earth, Leave it Behind, Pat has taken his dirty folk songs, notched up the production a little and inserted more instruments. Besides dashes of fiddle, harmonica and piano, probably half of the songs use drums and electric guitars, used minimally, and are effective in driving the songs forward adding an anthemic quality to several tracks. The production perfectly straddles the line between sounding crisp and sounding raw enough where you can hear his lisp and hear his fingers plucking the strings on the acoustic guitar he probably just borrowed from some 17 year old punk. This all makes for a more improved Wingnut album, but none of that *** really matters. As soon as he starts strumming on “Proudhon in Manhattan” you can just tell Pat is about to kick some ass. Then his sexy voice pipes in and the super catchy verse about taping the holes in his shoes and filling the holes in his thought process when he speaks with expletives begins and then ends with him yelling “…As if the world wasn’t gonna end and I admire his strength!” By now you are already a Wingnut Dishwashers Fan. Every other line is gold and every song could stand on its own above the rest of the folk punk scene.

Besides the last song, Burn the Earth, Leave it Behind is at it’s best when Pat is strumming fast and the emotion in his singing and strained shouting seems almost to great for the conduit supplied by his voice. “*** *** Up!” is the anarchic theme song to end all and has some awesome WOOOOAAAAAOOOO’s…I really love WOOOAAAAOOOAAAOO’s. “Urine Speaks Louder Than Words” is catchier than the clap at Charlie Sheen’s house party and proportionally even more uplifting and witty. Hearing Pat sing as genuinely as imagineable “I WAS BORN TO BE LIVING I WAS BORN TO BE SINGING I WAS BORN TO BE FIGHTING” will instantly make you a better person. “My Idea of Fun” closes the album and is perhaps the greatest song ever written to fall under the Folk Punk umbrella. Pat slows it down and bitch slaps your soul. He puts an image of a new world into your brain where good people live without being bothered and without bothering anyone because crooked corporations, crooked cops, crooked bosses and politicians don’t have to exist because, well, I’ll just quote the man’s call to anarchy himself,

“cause our friends, they are enough
and our neighbors are enough
and finally we’re enough
please help me be, please help me be enough”




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bungy
May 22nd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

review sucks don't read it


let's just talk about how awesome this is

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2011


23819 Comments


haven't heard it but it sounds crazysexycool

bungy
May 22nd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

review actually isn't that good imo

where is that pool of overused adjectives that everyone chooses from to write reviews, there must be a 60 adjective minimum, hope this is ok

bungy
May 22nd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yeah aids not sure if it's your thing but it's definitely worth at least a listen

Tyrael
May 22nd 2011


20876 Comments


Up!” is the anarchic theme song to end all and has some awesome WOOOOAAAAAOOOO’s…I really love WOOOAAAAOOOAAAOO’s.

Pos just for that.
I would do something about that opening sentence, because it actually isn't one... I would try to find something that immediately pulls people in and makes them interested in what you're saying. That said, I'm really impressed with your writing, considering that this is only your third review. Keep it up.

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Spare
May 22nd 2011


5306 Comments


I'D BE A TEENAGE VIRGIN JERKIN OFF IN MY BEDROOM IF I WASN'T A 20 YEAR OLD VIRGIN THAT DIDN'T HAVE A BEDROOM HEY HEY HEY

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Spare
May 22nd 2011


5306 Comments


also where did the union part go

MO
May 22nd 2011


18678 Comments


Definitely a good album. Decent review.

wabbit
May 22nd 2011


7000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I actually read your reviews. Normally I just read the first line and the last line and go "Great review [probably Adam or Eric] you really summed up my opinions on the album, and that last line is great".

I should probably get this

Blackbelt54
May 22nd 2011


4269 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I thought it was a pretty good review. Awesome album btw, anyone have any recs similar to this and Johnny Hobo?

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bungy
May 22nd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thanks for the feedback Tyraelxy

the word "union" is apparently a bad word. The Band "We are the Union" on here is "We are the U nion"

thanks dudes

nice Miles, I don't usually read reviews because everyone tries to sound smart and reading a review makes me want to throw up.

nothing is really that similar to this blackbelt that I know of if I had to come up with a couple recs it would be like Mischief Brew or Defiance, Ohio or Ghost Mice.

Pat has a new band called Ramshackle Glory and has two songs on their website. They are both awesome if I remember correctly.

iFghtffyrdmns
May 22nd 2011


7047 Comments


record rules so hard.
he's clean and sober and all now though, won't play any johnny hobo or wingnut songs anymore either.

Blackbelt54
May 22nd 2011


4269 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks bungy, I've heard of all those bands I think, never listened to them though

bungy
May 22nd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pat's brother is/was in a band thingy called Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass. it's pretty good stuff, it makes me think of a folkier Weakerthans

demigod!
May 22nd 2011


44392 Comments


im gonna check this out later. A bungy 5 is guaranteed to be good. they are rare

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YetAnotherBrick
May 22nd 2011


4449 Comments


Yes! been waiting for this review haha
This album is amazing, definitely gotta buy it soon.

tom79
May 22nd 2011


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums really good. I tend to listen to the Johnny Hobo album more though.

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bungy
May 23rd 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

duh

sixthgoldenticket
May 23rd 2011


1176 Comments


his new band Ramshackle Glory is great too, i think they have one or two songs up online

Blackbelt54
May 23rd 2011


4269 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ahh! why is union always "u nion" in a band's name on this site?



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