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Hell’s House Band - Dozen Lies
By Gary Schwind

“Dozen Lies” opens with the title track, which reminds me quite a bit of Pavement.  It has a mellow verse followed by a more raucous, discordant chorus before it returns to a mellow verse.

They follow up “Dozen Lies” with a fun, bass-driven song called “How Bout a Few Words.”  A couple members of The Lemonheads are in this band and this song sounds the most like something The Lemonheads might have done. 

This album isn’t what you would expect from members of NOFX.  They don’t really have any full-on punk songs.  There are some very mellow songs (“Sleeps Quietly”, “How Many Fools”) and some more punchy songs like “Thick as Water” and “deep Dark Well.  The vocals on “Thick as Water” sound like a young Steve Tyler.  At other times, the vocals sound like Perry Farrell.  

I say all that to say this: “Dozen Lies” is a difficult album to classify.  It doesn’t really fit neatly into any one category.  Part of me wants to call it indie rock, but it doesn’t really carry the indie rock label throughout the whole album.  I’d like to call this experimental because it sounds like the band was experimenting with some different things.  However, when I think of experimental music, I think John Zorn or someone like that.  That’s definitely not the path I want to lead you down in reviewing this album.  In any case, you can see what I mean about this being a difficult album to classify.   

The vocals on some of the songs could have been brought up a little, but overall, this is album is done pretty well.  If you are a fan of NOFX, The Lemonheads, or Pavement, you’ll probably enjoy this album 

CD Info 

Hell’s House Band - Dozen Lies
Label: Hard Soul Records
Dozen Lies
How Bout A Few Words
Sleeps Quietly
Cut Em' Up
You're Mine
Thick As Water
How Many Fools
Talk On Till You're Blue
Deep Dark Well
Two Angels
Come On Out
All The Pretty Ones
Drink On The Moon

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