Released on Pirates Press Records in 2018, Grazie Governo by The Bar Stool Preachers delivers everything a second album should and more. The UK ska punk band explores different genres throughout this album while maintaining
Released on Pirates Press Records in 2018, Grazie Governo by The Bar Stool Preachers delivers everything a second album should and more. The UK ska punk band explores different genres throughout this album while maintaining a signature sound reminiscent of their 2016 debut album, Blatant Propaganda. This sophomore album really kicks it up a notch with powerful working class anthems and honest ballads appealing to the masses.
The album opens with title track “Grazie Governo,” providing listeners with an upbeat, ska influence and heavy political lyrics. This is a song for the working class and largely relates to current issues at hand in the UK, the United States, and rest of the world. In my opinion, this is the perfect song to kick the album off with, as it sets the tone for what’s in store.
“8.6 Days (All the Broken Hearts)” delivers an emotional love story with brutally honest lyrics fueled by power punk riffs blasted by guitarists James & Gibbs and bassist Bungle. The song builds up beautifully, coming together with amazing backing vocals and harmonies. Truly a phenomenal song in all aspects.
As the album continues, tracks such as “DLTDHYOTWO” and “Choose My Friends” provide that gritty punk sound we all know and love. With tons of jumpy sounds from the organs and up-strokes, we’re introduced to quite a few beautifully constructed ska punk songs that make you want to dance til you drop. Tracks such as “Force Fed” and “Cry Wolf” are just a few examples of the way this band can effortlessly blend genres.
We get some nice surprises from the boys on a few tracks! “Raced Through Berlin” begins with vocalist, TJ on acoustic guitar as he bursts into a beautiful ballad. Backed by the band, the song builds and takes its’ listeners on an emotional ride. (Seriously, buckle up and grab some tissues.) The beautiful piano work on “Since You” by keyboardist Alex grabs your attention immediately, followed by some serious punk riffs, a rad chorus and a killer breakdown. “High Horse” closes out the album with a very reggae vibe that leaves you wanting more.
Now, for my favorite song on the album. Maybe you care…maybe you don’t, but “2:22” hit hard in every single way. Straight from the start, this song is different. Drummer, Alex, shows us yet again just how well-rounded this band is with the SoCal punk vibe he delivers. TJ’s voice rings out in perfect pitch as he begins yet another beautifully written ballad. The rest of the band meshes right into the same style, creating this masterpiece that paints a dark, beautiful picture. For me, everything about this song is perfection. Every word, every chord, every beat…it moves me every time.
Overall, “Grazie Governo” completely blew my mind. Partially because I didn’t think I could love The Bar Stool Preachers more than I already did. With no two songs sounding the same, the entire album takes listeners on a refreshing journey with the band as they explore different styles. Not to mention, they are seriously the nicest dudes on the planet and genuinely love their fans.
Bar Stool Preachers are currently touring their homeland and will be heading back to the states in May to take on the Main Stage at Punk Rock Bowling. Stay up to date with them on Facebook and Instagram! Check out their site for music and merch and be sure to catch them live if you haven’t yet! You don’t know what you’re missing!