December 11th, 2008
Alright, I guess that doesn’t suffice. More words are needed to describe the awesomeness that is Amadan. I’ll start with the words “Parental Advisory, explicit lyrics.” Yep, they have earned the second adult language warning here at Celtophilia. Irish influenced punk rock and cursing seem to go hand in hand, and I’m surprisingly comfortable with that. That said, I probably wouldn’t play this in front of someone’s under sixteen year old kids. Mostly because if they are letting me around their kids they have enough bad influence type stuff to undo already. In addition to the language, there’s a drug reference and commentary on religion that some people may not care for.
Amadan is a Celtic punk rock band based in
Anchor Tattoo is my favorite track on the CD. This unlikely combination of electric guitar and bass, whistle, and scratchy, growling, sometimes shouting! vocals is exactly my speed. I played this over and over - loudly.
Used To Know contains some great fiddling, and the vocals are as good as the lyrics deserve - which is very good indeed. Alas, this track has fallen victim to the dreaded didgeridoo. We all have our musical prejudices and that is one of mine. Didgeridoo - DO NOT WANT. While the didge makes an appearance on some of the other songs, it’s most prominent here.
Mescaline (and there’s our drug reference) has extremely clever lyrics, I give all the extra credit in the world to Amadan for using the words nuance and misconstrue appropriately in the same song. Also, “I want the blood to pool again beneath my back from you” is possibly one of the dirtiest and yet best lines ever. Musically, there is a moment of pure harmony two minutes and fifty seconds into the song.. Note, that is the only pure thing about this entire CD.
I thoroughly enjoy
Mike proclaims A lot of the time, when I listen to an album that declares itself Celtic Punk… or in this case Post Celtic World Punk, my first complaint will be that it’s neither Celtic, nor Punk, but a confused little creature striving to be both. For
Amongst their influences, Amadan lists Celtic standards like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and the Chieftans, alongside Rancid, Social D, and Bad Religion. Tracks like Old North End and Mescaline especially remind me of Primus, though, more than anything. Both tracks rank highly on my list of favorites from the album, and both also feature some great fiddling.
Anchor Tattoo really sounds like a radio track to me. It’s catchy, it’s fast, and it could easily be very mainstream. I imagine it being played ad nauseum on the local rock stations, and every 16 year old in the US bouncing around singing “….I know you, black and blue… la la la la … tattoo….” I’m not sure that’s how it’s intended, or even what the guys in the band would want, but it’s an easy mental picture to form. There’s even an interlude of rhythmic clapping, so the cheerleaders can get behind it. Come to think of it, maybe that was the intention from the beginning.
The last two things I have to mention before I close the book on