(Dipsomaniacs) returns with a much more focused third album.
The chugging guitars and manic drums of "Armadillo Boy" are supported by solid melody and catchy chorus.
With Trenton's Dipsomaniacs on extended hiatus, Mick Chorba's
"other band" has become his
priority, and they're even better.
This is the new release from NEW JERSEY'S SUCCESSFUL FAILURES! (The band features singer/songwriter MICK CHORBA who also fronts his other great band THE DIPSOMANIACS.) This new cd by THE SUCCESSFUL FAILURES takes a leap forward in production values.
The Successful Failures
is the New Jersey-based band comprised of Mick Chorba
(who is also in the band Dipsomaniacs), Ron BeChamps, Rob Martin, and John Williams.
The Successful Failures
were originally a side project for Mick Chorba
, leader of those disciples of raucous rock The Dipsomaniacs.
While The Dipsomaniacs provided the perfect soundtrack for a great bar fight, The Successful Failures
cater more to the folks that wisely sit at the bar and observe the fisticuffs from a safe distance.
The Successful Failures'
music has been described as 'alt-country' and sometimes 'indie rock', but at the end of the day it's just great rock and roll.
The bands charm is best displayed on 'Houston, We Have A Drinking Problem', a tale of inebriated astronauts that have to stop and ask for directions.
In 'All You Had', Chorba
proclaims "time has not patience/and years go by like days, while band mates Ron Bechamps, Rob Martin and John Williams throw down some of the meanest countrified rock this side of Ryan Adams.
Started out mainly as an alt country/lo-fi side project for Mick Chorba
(Dipsomaniacs) the band has come a long way in a short amount of time.
Since forming in 2006 the band has 3-LPs, 1-EP, and a 3-song iTunes exclusive release already under their musical belt.
Besides handling lead vocals for the group Chorba also plays guitar, mandolin, keys, and harmonica on the release, did I mention he's also the co-founder of the band's New Jersey Indie label FDR.
in the band is Ron Bechamps (bass, vocals), Rob Martin (drums), and John Williams (guitar, vocals).
and company offer a more countrified take on cuts like "Waiting for a Ride", "College Scholarship Blues" and "All You Had" and regardless of the style they do it all with equal talent.
The divide between power-pop and country music - two genres that don't seem like they'd be fast friends - isn't so deep at all for Mick Chorba, lead singer and guitarist of the Burlington County based band The Successful Failures.
"I think they both require good songwriting," Chorba
, 40, said in a recent interview wi...th New Jersey Music.
At first, The Successful Failures
and outlet for his
more country-leaning songs, which didn't quite fit in the Dipsomaniac's power-pop repertoire.
always trying to make that work somewhere," Chorba
said of his
love of classic country, recalling the mark his
father's collection of Hank Williams records made on him as a child.
"It definitely stuck with me because I always return to that old country stuff - it strikes a chord."
While The Successful Failure's first two releases reflected this passion for honky tonk, Chorba
said the songs on "Three Nights" are merely the result of what he
was writing before recording began last year, making for a more stylistically diverse record that's equal parts cry-in-your-beer and grab-the-wheel-and-steer.
"I think on this one," Chorba
said, "I just decided to go with what we're good at rather than try to force a certain sound."
The album opens with the jaunty folk of "Aberdeen," which recalls The Pogues, a band that has clearly influenced Chorba
as a songwriter, and a drinker.
Next up is "Armadillo Boy," an ultra-catchy tale of freak-show love that drops nods to Husker Du and the Ramones.
The centerpiece of the album is "Houston, We Have a Drinking Problem," which Chorba
said is about astronauts gone bad.
Over a jangly guitar riff, Chorba
sings a verse borrowed from Cheap Trick: "And while lying on the couch/They're rolling numbers, rock and roll/They got my KISS records out."
The reference seems appropriate, since Chorba shares Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen's penchant for leavening his lyrics with humor that's not so much black as it is grinning back at the gray. (See "Leave Me in the Coma" on "Three Nights.")
"All You Had" shows Chorba can write a serious song without being maudlin - the lyrics of the country stomp are about a student he knew who died while trying to rescue someone else from a house fire.
"Three Nights" is grown-up rock 'n' roll, rough around the edges of its frayed Western shirt, written, sung and played by true fans.
"It's sort of songs about finding yourself, going places," Chorba
"Mick Chorba (of Dipsomaniacs fame), started The Successful Failures as more of an alt-country side project.