Reviews Piebald Accidental Gentlemen

Piebald

Accidental Gentlemen

I appreciate humor in music. Being a literary nerd, there's nothing more satisfying than catching a good pun or play on words in the midst of a steady rock beat. Unfortunately, little in today's music scene really delivers. Metalcore (a slowly dying dinosaur), and whatever you call it that Three One G puts out (art school grind-punk?) goes for the laugh but almost always misses. Their take on sharp humor mostly comes off as scathing irony that sounds more like bitter social commentary.

Looking at the larger acts, a lot of the dick and fart humor in music vanished with the departure of Blink-182, but their slapstick was replaced with snarky one-liners penned by the new pop-punk darlings, Fall Out Boy. While Pete Wentz's lyrics do contain elementary traces of wit, they aren't so much funny as they are "cute"; their humor is pretty limited to cracking jokes about boys and girls desperate to fit in and fall in love. With this said, there's little out there to give us a hearty chuckle along with some sweet jams; unless of course, you consider Piebald.

With their newest album in roughly three years, in comes Piebald encouraging us to shake our asses and rattle our brains a little. Leaving the issues of love and relationships for the youngsters to squabble over, these Bostonians decide to sing about life's simple pleasures, like riding your bike ("Roll On"), not becoming obsessed with success ("A Friend of Mine"), and everybody's favorite, transcendentalism ("Nature Wins"). Each song is poignant in a conversational way, sparing all the dressed up poetics instead adding just the right pinch of tongue-in-cheek humor.

WithAccidental Gentlemen, Piebald has almost totally eradicated the rhythm based power chord formula that composed a lot of their work on Big Wheel Recreation. Moving their sound towards a bigger, riff based sound you can really hear that Piebald has succeeded in what they were trying to accomplish with their last album, All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time. Sticking with the comparisons to their last album, it is clear to see that Travis Shettel has also learned to really use piano parts effectively in their song writing giving them the sound of both lite-rock while as well as the E Street Band.

Accidental Gentlemen proves that that Piebald is no longer the band you've come to know, but still the band you've come to love. And that's no joke.

8.8 / 10Scottie
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

8.8 / 10

8.8 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Postvorta

Porrima

8.5 / 10 Postvorta  - Porrima album cover

With this album the Carmentae have found each other. If you haven’t studied Roman mythology this might mean nothing to you. If you have you will know Postvorta is the ...

Temple of Void

The World that Was

7.0 / 10 Temple of Void - The World that Was album cover

Doom-death is not a crowded field, but it is one that can feel difficult to innovate in. There are only so many ways you can bolt doom elements on to ...

Beast of Revelation

The Ancient Ritual of Death

7.5 / 10 Beast of Revelation - The Ancient Ritual of Death album cover

There is a lot of scholarship devoted to determining which monstrosity in the Book of Revelations is its titular "Beast." Revelation 11:7 introduces us to a creature that rises from ...

Related news

Records A Piebald Christmas

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Piebald are back with a new EP this Friday, Nov. 15 on Photo Finish Records. Titled Piebald Presents To You, A Musical Christmas Adventure, the new effort features three new ...

Records Piebald gets vinyl reissue

Posted Nov. 17, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

Piebald's 2004 release All Ears, All Eyes. All the Time and their 2007 album Accidental Gentleman are both getting a viyl reissue on Dec. 10 courtesy of SRC Vinyl ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.