Californian punk heroes Lagwagon have triumphantly returned with their eighth studio release, their first full length in nearly a decade. After nine years of touring combined with frontman Joey Cape’s busy schedule with numerous side projects; Bad Astronaut, Scorpios and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to name but a few. Not to mention starting his own record label (check out One Week Records).
Kicking off the new record is a slow acoustic track that clocks in at under a minute before seamlessly leading into flowing into the second track ‘Reign’ which has a similarly polished sound to their latest release 2005’s ‘Resolve’. Going in full force to say that this is the same Lagwagon that were last heard from all those years ago and managed to demonstrate within two minutes that they aren’t a one trick pony by tackling the slower tracks and the straight up punk anthems.
Though more than just the punk anthems, the album has its deeply personal moments such as the track ‘One More Song’ which is a tribute to Cape’s best friend, the late No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly. The track even goes as far to take its title from the closing chant of Sly’s acoustic track ‘Liver Let Die’ from his and Cape’s solo album ‘Acoustic Vol 2’.
Tracks like this are well balanced with those such as ‘Burning Out In Style’ (a full band and revisited version of the track from Joey Cape’s split with Hugo Mudie & The City Streets) which is much more upbeat and infinitely more catchy.
From start to finish, Hang is an accomplishment proving why Lagwagon have been one of the bands to influence so many of today’s musicians and punk bands. From this release it looks fair to say that they shall be inspiring many more artists to come.
Rating: 7.5 Slices out of 8
Catch Lagwagon on tour throughout the US over November and December.
11/06/14 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
11/07/14 Indio, CA The Date Shed
11/08/14 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
11/09/14 San Francisco, CA Slims
11/11/14 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
11/12/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
11/13/14 Vancouver, BC Canada Rickshaw Theatre
11/14/14 Kelowna, BC Canada Level Nightclub / EARLY SHOW!tl
11/15/14 Calgary, AB Canada Flames Central
11/16/14 Edmonton, AB Canada Union Hall
11/17/14 Saskatoon, SK Canada Louis Pub
11/18/14 Winnipeg, MB Canada Pyramid Cabaret
11/20/14 Green Bay, WI Green Bay Distillery
11/21/14 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
11/22/14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
11/23/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
11/25/14 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11/27/14 London, ON Canada Call The Office
11/28/14 Toronto, ON Canada Opera House
11/29/14 Ottawa, ON Canada Ritual
11/30/14 Montreal, QC Canada Olympia Theatre
12/01/14 Quebec City, QC Canada Imperial
12/03/14 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
12/04/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
12/05/14 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
12/06/14 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
12/07/14 Washington, DC Black Cat
12/11/14 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall