With a dirty minimalist sound, Sorrow Town Choir write authentic songs of the "three 'D's", (Dark Beer, Dark Women, and Dark Nights), creating their own idiom of "Deep Crisis Rock."
It is clear that the teenage Rock-n-Roll fantasy that made many a displaced boy pick up a guitar was interrupted by experience imposing its own narrative. One gets the sense that STC is at the mercy of that narrative, which is to say, these f' ers actually KNOW of what they sing.
This is the soul laid bare, devoid of gimmickry and protective hipster irony. The straightjackets in these songs are still being chaffed against and come from hitting the road hard and getting hit back. It is unclear who is winning in that struggle, but there are No postures or affect here, just good somber songs of lessons hard won.
Songs more about distilled spirits and dark days, and less about hugs and kisses that are somehow a cathartic antidote to their own sentiments, what with the sheer depth of their empathy.