lub0t and Syme are Wine Swamp. The duo recently released The Shitstorm. What you have here are two good musicians not taking themselves too seriously, It’s really close to being a comedy album at points. The lyrics are often too ambiguous to be considered straight comedy.
They open with “Now I Cannot Fly.” The comedy is apparent right from the beginning. Two guys are talking and someone close miked says “Hhh mmm yummy.” The song is silly but also addictively catchy. He sings “Oh! I ate some mashed potatoes, chicken, beans and pie / Oh! I ate so much of them / That now i cannot fly.”
Next up is the title track which features some solid slide guitar with a good stomp to keep the energy moving. There is some solid instrumentation but the song is all about the vocals. Each section processes the vocals differently which keeps the songs from feeling stagnant.
“Warmin' of the Belly” while still having some silly, playful moments with the megaphone style vocal parts that poked fun at the police has some noteworthy guitar picking. It’s a well written song but I thought it drags a little towards the end.
One thing I started to notice is that these guys mention some type of alcohol in the first four songs. On the fourth song “Jug of Wine” I poured myself a glass of red. “Jug of Wine” is the least overtly comedic but also the most emotionally resonant to my ears. After a short ambient piece entitled “A Wormhole to Heaven” that felt out a bit out of place they close with “Soggy Bills” a loose acoustic song which seems as if they were drinking some booze, held up a microphone and had some fun.
I can give two thumbs for the The Shitstorm EP. Behind the laughs are some good quality music which is why it works.
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