Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers (from the album Bought to Rot available on Bloodshot Records)
The debut from Against Me! guitar player and vocalist Laura Jane Grace is for all extensive purposes a side project, solo steps taken with The Devouring Mothers on an album separate from the body of work released from her still very active punk band. Yet Bought to Rot keeps things close by the Against Me! camp with the band’s drummer Atom Willard and sound engineer Marc Hudson making up The Devouring Mothers, Laura Jane Grace’s low in number but high in wallop backing band. Grace felt the songs weren’t quite right for an Against Me! album, yet similar to the band there is plenty of angst and vocal rage proudly displayed on the at times profane album; Grace still standing tall with an axe to grind and Bought to Rot will do the job on sharpening it up.
“China Beach” kicks the album off, a punchy and aggressive opener where Laura Jane Grace moves from spoken word tones to full on throat damaging screaming.
“Apocalypse Now (& Later)” is initially driven by an acoustic guitar with whispers of some delicate jangle about being with the proper person for the world’s last moments.
“I Hate Chicago” name drops numerous Chicago landmarks, including people and bands from the city; if the vitriol is tongue in cheek Laura Jane Grace does a fantastic job playing it off, yet ultimately lets the listener off the hook, revealing the city is nothing more than a punching bag for anger brought on by divorce.Musically Bought to Rot moves around; jangly rock rubs elbows with subtle punk, while cuts like “Screamy Dreamy,” “The Hotel Song” and closer “The Apology Song” are ballads that still carry a dose of aggression. (by Bryant Liggett)
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