We talk a lot about nostalgia on the blog. I think it’s because a lot of the writers that have come and gone over the years were/are feeling a twenty-something year old angst that makes you yearn for a time when your life was so clearly defined. When we hear familiar young adulthood anxieties in music of various styles of sonic play, we are comforted even when these words are fraught with sadness.
Fleetwood Mac Sauce – a side-project of Ani Climenhage, the drummer of the forever rad band Lonely Parade, alongside Rhys Climenhage (drums/ backing vocals) and Jem Woolidge (bass) – have cooked-up an EP that wallops our soft-spot for nostalgia. Dollar Drink Days is five muddy and restless garage-rock tracks that Ani wrote sporadically over the course of the last 8 months.
We begin on “Halloween” – a biting track about returning to an old haunt (in this case Peterborough) and feeling spooked by places that held so much personal history. “Holiday In Winnipeg,” where time is marked by teeth being lost and then replaced with porcelain ones, and the blazing-fast tune “Cul-De-Sac” are both contemplative tracks with regrets and worries. The following song, the title track, is about romanticizing your hometown which is okay because you wouldn’t be where you are today if it wasn’t for that place – for better or worse.
Around the same age where your worries start to feel heavier, you start to feel pain in your body after standing for a long time (seriously, I think I need to start wearing orthopaedic shoes at concerts now so my back doesn’t hurt) and you realize that stuff you did when you were younger is just not that interesting or fun anymore. Closer “No Smoking (nark song)” is about aging sensibilities and contains my favourite line of the EP: “I don’t have the desire to play loud music every night of the week. I don’t want to see a band that I’ve never heard of on a Tuesday night, it hurts my ears.”
It’s easy to drink-up this EP when it tastes so familiar.
For another Lonely Parade side project, check out Augusta Veno’s band Fine Wine.
Top Track: “No Smoking (nark song)”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)