‘Thank You For Being a Friend’ by 88 Fingers Louie (Album)

10 July, 2017 in Music Reviews

88 Fingers Louie

88 Fingers Louie: with some line-up changes, but fans will be pleased that their sound hasn’t changed much

19 years is a long time between albums; some fans weren’t even alive. But now 88 Fingers Louie are back

88 Fingers Louie 'Thank You For Being A Friend' album artworkThe melodic punk/hardcore band began in 1993, however, their career was short-lived due to fighting between members. The band split with some members forming Rise Against, while previous drummer Glenn Porter started playing for Alkaline Trio.

Now, the band has returned with some line-up changes, but fans will be pleased that their sound hasn’t changed much. The guitars are fast and heavy, while the vocals retain the melodic balance. However, the lyrical themes on the album take a darker turn. Dealing with aging, illness and suicides of friends, the album reflects what it’s like to age 20 years, while revealing the meaning behind the album’s title. There’s also a political song thrown into the mix for good measure.

The production on this record is probably the best yet, while the songs are typically short, punchy and to the point. There are no self-indulgent guitar solos here. Songs like All The Right Words and Knock It Off demonstrate the band’s ability to write melodic, catchy songs without falling into the pop-punk bracket.

The guitars on Meds and Advice Column are driving and vicious, and will be enough to stir the laziest of punks into a circle pit on the band’s upcoming tour.

Verdict: 88FL at their very best

David Chrzanowski