Another Nail in the coffin

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2008

Still, the social and political commentary paired with some really driving backing draws attention in this season of silly outfits and red and blue states. The title track namechecks Truman Capote and riffs on themes from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Its finish, awash in giddy-up guitars, asks an interesting question: “Are you tired of hiding from/What you want to be?”

And “Built for War” paints a particularly ugly picture of the grand old USofA, opening with spacey guitar work and full of subtle guitar runs amidst a manic drum line: “Your wife and children mean nothing to me/I drop plutonium on your city streets.” As we cavort and play at being something other than ourselves (how many Palin costumes might you see?), we’ll be all too close to a day of serious reckoning.

Their grammar might be perfect, but BCH’s advice ain’t bad: “Put pigs in the White House, and swine is begot/Put your faith in nothing, and that’s what you got.”

Sam Pfeifle can be reached at sam_pfeifle@yahoo.com.

Drive Another Nail | Released by Big Coffin Hunters | with Werewolves on Wheels and Ogre | at Geno’s, in Portland | Nov 7 |www.bigcoffinhuntersmusic.com

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