Sunday, April 19, 2009
Ha ha, I bet Spencer Krug plays Dungeons & Dragons (not that there’s anything wrong with that). This track is from the fourth Sunset Rubdown album, Dragonslayer, out in June, and it’s insanely good, stupidly epic, frenzied and hypnotic with this classic-rock type bombast that makes me think of River Deep, Mountain High. There’s also those signature Spencer Krug lyrical touches: ominous, arcane, aggressive and actually kind of mean. This is a dude who doesn’t really do tender but the way he’s a jerk is so creative you stick with it. Interestingly, he told Stereogum he isn’t that crazy about the last Sunset Rubdown album, Random Spirit Lover, and that Dragonslayer is more live, spontaneous, etc. In retrospect, RSL hasn’t had a lot of staying power. I got enthusiastic about it at the time but I recognise now that was probably more just excitement about a new Sunset Rubdown album. Anyway, whatever. It looks like Spencer’s got his sense of humour back:
Oh, and I don’t believe that any dude who follows up a back catalogue of songs called "The Men Are Called Horsemen There", "Winged/Wicked Things" and "Colt Stands Up, Grows Horns" with an album called Dragonslayer doesn’t play D’n’D. Just saying.
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