by shark USER (1 Reviews)
November 30th, 2006 | 3 replies

Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lagwagons third studio release is an exceptional record in the crowded genre of melodic punk. Hoss is an engaging listen from beginning to end, featuring lots of energy, interesting breaks and, above all, incredibly catchy hooklines.

Lagwagons 1995 release Hoss is the last record featuring drummer Derrick Plourde, who would later commit suicide, a tragic incident which fueled Lagwagons 2005 release Resolve. Hoss, his last record with Lagwagon, quickly became a favourite in the punk scene and rightfully remains one until today.
The first half minute of the opening track "Kids don't like to share" provides a slow start to the album, but once it kicks into gear, it has every trademark of a great melodic punk song: Fast riffing, shifts in dynamic and a catchy melody which is delivered with style by Joey Cape. But the first real classic comes with the following "Violins", which might boast the best melody on the album. Combined with touching lovelorn lyrics, it makes for a great listening experience. Lyrics like "I awake with the old replacement / Bottle in my grasp / in an unfamiliar place" may actually be familiar to anyone who once tried to get over a break-up.
The breakneck punk pace and energy level of "Violins" is maintained throughout the album, with highlights popping up from time to time, like the spiteful "Bombs Away" with its halftime, quite anthemic chorus or "Move the car", which features very powerful riffing over a bouncy bass riff.
"Sleep" starts as a softer song, but quickly gains momentum through Joey Capes again outstanding delivery. A real revelation comes with "Sick" and its creepy, minor key melody. Another noteworthy track is "Black Eyes", where Derrick Plourde places interesting cymbal hits in the opening part and once again proves that his forceful drumming is a main factor for the sheer thrill this album provides. Until the end, Hoss remains an incredibly enjoyable album that has rightfully become a classic in a genre which is packed full with average material.

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November 30th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ok, I was going to say something mean, but since its your first review, Ill give you this advice: Read some of Dfelon's punk reviews. Hell, read some reviews by anyone (Spat Out Plath, Iluvatar, Fat Pete, Mynameischan, JXD, Mikesn, Jom etc). This is woefully inadequate for a review. Detail is lacking all over the place. So my advice is to get this review deleted in the Report Problems/Ask Questions thread in the forum, and to rewrite it with ALOT more detail. You look like you have potential to become a good writer if you just add more.

On another note, this album is sex. I used to call it a classic, but its not quite. Still very good. This band is brilliant live.

December 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing band live and hella nice dudes. Lagwagon has pretty much influenced every aspect of my musicianship over the years and Joey Cape is one of my favorite singer/lyricists ever. This album is probably their best songwriting yet, but Double Plaidinum and Let's Talk About Feelings are my favorites.

Digging: Glassjaw - Material Control

May 6th 2008


two fuckin' comments about one of the most under-appreciated albums...or bands for that matter.

Ride the Snake is such a kick ass close.

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