McLusky
McLusky Do Dallas


4.5
superb

Review

by Zachary Powell USER (64 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2006 | 71 replies | 14,755 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Look around you and soon you'll find out, take in the aesthetic and realize what this album and band are all about. All it takes is a simple look at the cover picture, a guitar plugged in, to know what you're about to get an ear full of. Of course this serving of loud blasting guitar doesn't come to you alone, closer examination of the piece reveals the title, McLusky Do Dallas which isn't actually a concept album recorded about the lone star state. Had enough? If not you can just examine the back, as tracks such as "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues", "To Hell With Good Intentions", and the ballad "Fuck This Band" grace your eyes you brace for a loud and heavy, yet humorous and light blend of rock and roll and modern day punk.

As of last year, McLusky have broken up and it is a sad site, but during their tenure they were very well known for being themselves. Witty titles, funny lyrics, and rocking out defined this band and their creative peak was found on this effort, quite the build up from their debut My Pain & Sadness Is More Sad & Painful Than Yours. Indeed this band might be the biggest band from Wales since the Manic Street Preachers, anchored by guitarist/lyricist/all around funnyman Andrew Falkous (see? even the name is awesome) and built around his loud menacing tone and scream. McLusky Do Dallas is easily this band's best album, blowing through 14 tracks in under 36 minutes which isn't a long stay but after it you'll be begging for more.

This mountain of cock rock introduces itself with a title of just about the same name. Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues introduces itself with Falkous saying that he is "Fearful of Flying and Flying is Fearful of [him]". Now we have established this ditty not to be a straight blues song, nor is it a 1:51 recording of fellatio from Star Wars. Of course Falkous isn't the only player in this game, along with his guitar bursts, you can thank Jonathan Chapple for laying down the very audible bass. Just as McLusky gets away from other bands by bringing their own sound, Chapple gets away from bassist trappings such as relying on root notes and being suffocated under the guitar, and really adds his stamp to this work.

Of course like from Indiana Jones, the rock just doesn't stop. Take the next track, No New Wave No Fun for an example, the screaming that took place on the last passage is replaced by another fun vocal quality of the group, nonsensical squealing and flailing about vocally. The quick vocal stabs are still around though, they just learn to coexist with Falkous doing his best Ted Leo impersonation on one of the noisiest songs on the album. Here is where the group lays off the vulgarity for a second, you'll appreciate that if you're a hardcore Christian and McLusky fan I guess. There really is no resting point or getting of the crazy bus for this track, and you'll be glad.

Even though its still a highlight song, your brain gets a rest on the ballad, "Fuck This Band". It is Chapple that gets the nod to go ahead and lead this track, playing a bassic (that was not a typo) line and is topped off with drummer Mathew Harding playing a simple percussion backup to the repeating bass line and the recently toned down singing. "Yeah Fuck this band/cause their clothes don't fit" remarks Falkous as he gives us a comprehensive list of why we should fuck this band. "Fuck this band/cause they swear too much", right on. Even though this song is a change from the developed landscape of this work, it is a highlight and shows the versatility and two dimensional attack that is McLusky.

So what has all your looking and listening around gained you? Well now you know the story from the band who does more drugs than a touring funk band, your heart is similar in style and substance to Coco cola, and your mother has a knack for stealing pens, Thank Falkous for revealing this to you, thank music legend and common man Steve Albini for helping him reveal this to you, and thank yourself for going on a loud, strange, and deranged 36 minute trip known as McLusky Do Dallas



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The Jungler
November 3rd 2006



4827 Comments


I hate this kind of band name. Every sort of pop rock/pop punk/annoying indie band in Connecticut has a dumb one word name like this. Oh well, I'll take your word on the quality of this particular group.
Review was real good, its a shame it hasn't gotten more comments.

flamethisuser
July 15th 2008



395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this band swears too much.

flamethisuser
October 3rd 2008



395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

in the midst of all the killing and skin-eating, we forgot about the loving

BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2008



44164 Comments


I really should check this band out. the name has been creeping me out because it's technically the same pronounciation as my last name, minus the correct spelling.

iarescientists
January 9th 2009



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To Hell With Good Intentions is the greatest song of all time

CynicusMaximus
March 5th 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Every band aspires to be as badass as mclusky.

gaslightanthem
March 5th 2009



5209 Comments


yeah band is awesome

natey
March 5th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i aspire to be better then mclusky

gaslightanthem
March 5th 2009



5209 Comments


whoa

PuddlesPuddles
August 28th 2009



4767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best thing to listen to when angry or w.e

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009



15727 Comments


lol wylie

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Andre3000
January 12th 2010



62 Comments


brilliant albm. just rediscovered thanks to this review :D

HeavyB
April 25th 2010



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fuck This Band

qwe3
April 25th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

b is too heavy for this band

HeavyB
April 25th 2010



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was referencing the track not condemning the band. I think they are awesome. Though you probably don't.

Yotimi
April 25th 2010



6444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^it's a song title qwe

album rules

qwe3
April 25th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never heard them. b is still to heavy for the band though

Yotimi
April 25th 2010



6444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check out "To Hell with Good Intentions"

qwe3
April 25th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'd probably like these guys a lot

heavyb doesnt like me because he thinks i hate swedes and eat down syndrome sandwiches : (

cheers yotimi will look into it

HeavyB
April 25th 2010



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't dislike you. I think you are pretty amusing for the most part. Just killing time by fucking the dog and selling the pups.



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