Thursday, 10 March 2016

Art of the Cover - Violent Femmes' "We Can Do Anything" (2016)


So, anyway, one fine day, Gordon Gano stumbled upon a tiny giraffe .... and a giant guitar .... and a lanky horny blower .... and a dwarf drummer --- apparently!

The album's cover art was created by Barenaked Ladies' Kevin Hearn, who also contributed accordion, guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals on several tracks here.

Kevin's clearly on some strong meds!!

Yes kids, those Violent bitches are back!

It's VF's ninth studio album and first full-length collection in more than 15 years!

And we're told "We Can Do Anything" is among the most provocative and playful in the legendary trio's remarkable cannon ... sorry, canon!

As the album's title makes plain, singer/songwriter/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and drummer Brian Viglione remain as intrepid and fearless as ever before, traversing genre and emotion via their immediately identifiable, still utterly idiosyncratic, mash of rambunctious folk, minimalist punk, cubist blues, cosmic jazz, and backwoods rock 'n' roll. 

Produced by Jeff Hamilton - a longtime member of the Horns of Dilemma, Violent Femmes' ever-evolving cabal of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians - and mixed by the legendary John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur, Jr.), "We Can Do Anything"was recorded in studios in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver, while on tour during the summer of 2015. 


1. Memory (3:03)
2. I Could Be Anything (3:42)
3. Issues (3:05)
4. Holy Ghost (2:35)
5. What You Really Mean (3:51)
6. Foothills (2:43)
7. Travelling Solves Everything (2:58)
8. Big Car (2:55)
9. Untrue Love (3:16)
10. I'm Not Done (2:12)

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