Sunday, March 29, 2015

Song Of The Week: 3/29/15

Song: "It's Always Sunny"

Artist: Joey Cape's Bad Loud

Album: "Joey Cape's Bad Loud"

Year: 2011

"It's Always Sunny" is a sarcastic song about how people view the "normal", "perfect" life of those who live in the upscale, "white" suburbs of Sausalito. Joey Cape is saying in the song, tongue in cheek, how it never rains and it's always sunny up there and life's problems don't exist up there, but, even though the city is colder and darker, he feels that is where true creativity is born and maybe even though it appears that everything is better in Sausalito, perhaps their entitled lives are somewhat hollow. Joey Cape has been active in the music industry since 1989, hailing from California. "It's Always Sunny" was originally recorded and released on Cape's 2011 solo album "Doesn't Play Well With Others". In it's original form, it was just an acoustic number featuring Cape and his guitar. The version I chose is from Joey Cape's Bad Loud. Joey Cape decided he wanted to form a band and re-record some songs that he released on his two solo albums, "Bridge" and "Doesn't Play Well With Others". He recruited Carl Raether on bass and Asher Simon on drums and Joey Cape's Bad Loud was formed. The band released one full length album, "Joey Cape's Bad Loud", through BandCamp in 2011. About Joey Cape? Well, Cape is one of the busiest men in the punk rock world these days. He is best known as the front man for influential skate punk band Lagwagon which has been active since 1990, having 10 releases through infamous punk label Fat Wreck Chords, their most recent being "Hang" in 2014. Cape is also a guitarist in the all star punk cover band Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, which also features Fat Mike from NOFX, Chris Shiflett from the Foo Fighters and Spike Slawson of the Swingin' Utters. Their last release took on punk takes of R&B divas on their 2014 release, "Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!". Cape also fronted Bad Astronaut from 2000 to 2006. This was a band that was a little softer and had a garage rock type feel than the straight melodic punk of Lagwagon. The band featured Derrick Plourde, original drummer of Lagwagon. Because of Plourde's 2005 suicide, Cape decided to disband Bad Astronaut, though he did play a few live shows in 2010 as Bad Astronaut. Their last release was 2006's "Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment". In 2007, Cape had a short lived band called The Playing Favorites with members of Sugarcult and The Rentals. That band released one album, "I Remember When I Was Pretty". Cape's solo acoustic thing started up in 2008, featuring the two albums I mentioned previously, as well as two split albums with No Use For A Name's Tony Sly. Cape and Sly also joined forces with Drag The River's Jon Snodgrass and Brian Wahlstrom to create the band Scorpios. This all acoustic effort produced one album, 2011's "Tour Record". As for Joey Cape's Bad Loud, Cape has recently stated that the band is currently at work on a new album which will feature all original material that is being brought in by all three members. It's amazing how Cape keeps all these projects up and running. Not only is he recording solo stuff as well as working on all the band projects, he is also out on the road and playing shows, whether it's Lagwagon shows, Me First tours or solo gigs. He also is the owner of his own record label, One Week Records. With all these things on his plate, Cape is like the punk rock Energizer bunny! One thing you can always count on is that Mr. Cape will be active and usually whatever he puts his name on becomes an instant punk rock statement!

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