Review of Dr. Skinnybones New Release

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Dr. Skinnybones-A Last Hurrah For The Glory Of Drinking Alone

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My first exposure to Brooklyn’s Dr. Skinnybones came the same way a lot of great Brooklyn bands come to my attention, through the aid of Oliver Ignatius. His studio has been releasing compilations of all the bands they work with, and on Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen Section 2, Dr. Skinnybones had a song called “Bad Education.” It’s a great song, and the rest of their similarly named full-length is of equal quality. I got out to New York to see a show the studio put on featuring a bunch of their bands, and Dr. Skinnybones didn’t disappoint, ripping through a bunch of songs in their 30-minute set. Jake Williams and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte have a great energy together, and it continues to show on their new album A Last Hurrah For The Glory Of Drinking Alone.

It starts with a two-parter, “Revenge I” and “Revenge II,” a dark breakup song about the desire of a scorned lover to crush the one who betrayed them. A slow burn if ever there was one, the songs are a change of pace from the usual high-octane post-punk they do so well. Williams gets to bare his soul a bit more than usual, and it almost feels like a song from a Broadway musical the way it builds up on top of itself. Halfway through part two of the song there’s trumpet and hard rollicking drums behind Williams’ amped up guitar. The end adds the singing saw of Julian Koster (his Memory Tapes bandmate Robbie Cucchiaro provides the horn). There’s one really great verse in there that goes:

I know the truth. You’re afraid of me.
You cower in your room and watch the streets.
But your mistake-you think you’re strong.
But I can tear your heart out with this song

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

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