Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014
by Tomas Doyle
If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.
For those new to the group – greetings, step right this way. You are the ones for whom this will be the most exciting. You are the ones who get to hear and experience and enjoy this band for the first time and boy, oh boy am I jealous. Those initial throes of listening to something as exciting as WD are as thrilling as any hit in music’s extensive drugs cabinet. Even better – unlike so many acts who return from an extended slumber to knock up any old bollocks for a free ride on the nostalgia train – the ‘Deal’s latest four-track salvo is a ripper.
It’s a quartet of tunes, only one of which breaks the two minute barrier, served up with a fuckless attitude and a beer-stained aplomb. Part Black Flag, part Motörhead, part gob in the face; it’s a record that not only stays true to the band’s stripped back methodology but which also neatly showcases WD’s long founded ability hold interest with only the simplest of tools at their disposal. Drums, guitar, attitude: these are the bare ingredients and very little is added or taken away from that flawless formula at any point.
Bail Out is not a particularly multi-dimensional listen, nor is it one possessed of the sort of complexity that will have you noticing technical nuances for weeks on end. What it does have though is a zeal and excitement that plenty of lesser acts strive for and fall dramatically short of achieving. Put it this way – if you’re in urgent need of a soundtrack to a bar brawl then you would be hard pressed to find a better band to smash an ashtray over someone’s head to. Welcome back, gents.
Sounds Like: Motörhead, Zeke, Blag Flag,
Standout Tracks: The whole thing will take you less than 8 minutes to listen to, don’t be a cunt.