Ryan Gilchrist, N. Lee May, Colin Steers and Brian Wilson are The Can-Do Attitude. They released If There Is a God, I Hope She Kept the Receipt which is their second release and an absolute blast of an experience. I really want to compare their energy to Talking Heads who I mentioned in my previous critique of the band. As good as this sounds it seems like an experience you would want to see live. The songs can work you up into a frenzy and the whole band just seems to be having fun.
The band gets rolling with “Big Fuckin' Cowboy” and they jump out of the gate with a great groove. I found the vocals catchy right off the bat and loved the kind of bad ass attitude of the song. There’s a good amount of post-punk in there but it doesn't feel held back with depression and melancholy.
“100 Fallow Acres (Augusta National)” keeps the energy swinging and when I say swinging I mean it. I don’t dance much these days but this might be a song that could get me on the dance floor if I had a couple of beers in me.
The band slows down a bit with “We Work Real Hard” which is well deserved. Well, let me clarify that. The verse is slower with catchy, memorable vocal melodies and it sounds like almost double the BPM on the chorus.
“Interlude - "Fanfare for Those Traveling by Foot" actually sounds like an interlude. The horns are bright, the drums are crisp and the guitars are sweet and melodic. It got me ready for some more tunes. They start with “The People on the Show” which is the most dynamic song yet. You can hear every nuance in the vocals and when the band explodes they do so in epic fashion.
“Draggin' Our Toes” is short and fast punk the spirit of Minutemen while “We're Probably Gonna End Up Dead” has a great drunk sing-along type ending. They close with a little piano piece “Postlude - "Stagecoach Take Flight"” which somehow worked.
If There Is a God, I Hope She Kept the Receipt is an album that feels somewhat crucial in today's social and political climate. There was a time when misfits, punks and everyone who wanted to be included could be included. It was about expression but perhaps more importantly it was about people having fun. I think everyone could use a little bit these days. Don’t miss this one.
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