Stingers w/Sound Patrol

Please read my review of the April 18, 2003 Sound Patrol performance here!

Thu Oct 10, 2002 @ The Fabulous Satellite Lounge, Houston

It was suggested that I do reviews, so here we go… There are a lot of things that everybody should be aware and wary of when it comes to reading anything I write in a review:

  • I’m one picky bastard
  • I write with the assumption that people know it’s just one guys’ opinion and it doesn’t really matter what I think. Please don’t email me with threats or tell me that I have no talent and I couldn’t do any better… I’m just one guy, ok?
  • I hate everything

On top of that, you have to consider that this is the first time I’ve been out of the house since The Suspects last show back in August, and the first time I’ve been outside of a 20 mile radius from home since my wife went on bed rest with our 2nd child. Lets just say I needed to get out, and I’ve got my guns a blazing.

I’ve always heard excellent things about Sound Patrol and I feel stupid for not ever having seen them play before last night. Based on all accounts, these guys are totally up my alley! A three-piece reggae/dub group with heavy harmonies and serious attention to the old school not only sounds like a band I could listen to, but a band that I would join. Unfortunately, that is an old account of Sound Patrol… they’ve added a fourth member, a vocalist, and now I’m not just feeling stupid for not having seen them as a three-piece, I’m actually regretting it. If you know anything about me, you know that I don’t like fake posing and pretension when it comes to music… So you can guess that when it comes to reggae you should never put on a Jamaican accent and invoke Jah Rastafari unless you’re from the fucking island and you’re an actual Rastafarian (it’s a religion, people… not a “lifestyle”).

Shortcomings aside, I must say that the band (that’s the guys playing guitar, bass, and drums) really know their stuff. Everything was mostly tasteful, and I really liked what I heard. Special mention must be given to their bass player… he’s done his homework.

I only heard The Stingers perform five songs, but those five songs confirmed in my mind what I’ve always felt about them after first listening to their debut cd a few years ago: they’re imitators, not innovators. Frankly put, they just sound like they listen to The Slackers too much. And (frankly put) I don’t like The Slackers, either. I’ll be criticized for dismissing The Stingers in such a short manner, but what can I say except that I know there are tons of people who like The Slackers and most of them will prolly enjoy The Stingers as well… I’m just not one of them.

3 Replies to “Stingers w/Sound Patrol”

  1. Hey Bill,
    I hope you get this E-mail and read it. My sister and I “Neutral Sisters” are a Jamaican group, father English mother Jamaican, and we are about to release our album “Live and Direct”. Our website is http://www.neutralsisters.com. I see that you have a respect for music and enjoy REAL music. The musicians on our album are Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespear, better known as Sly & Robbie, our Guitarist is Ernie Ranglin and many more great people. I understand Where you are coming from saying don’t be a fake Jamaican it dosn’t cut it. I think you will thouroly enjoy our music. I don’t know where you live but we perform at Fitzgeralds in the Heights Houston on June 5th at 10:30pm along side Sound Patrol. If you want to hear the real thing come and check us out. We have sound bites on our web if you want to know what to expect. Hope to see you there. (p.s if you tell them at the door you’re there to check out Neutral) I really think it will be worth it for you if you want to hear something new and long time needed.
    Bianca

  2. BIG UP ALL REGGAE LOVERS HOUSTON AND WORLDWIDE!
    ACTUALLY, RASTA IS A LIFESTYLE AND NOT A RELIGION. AND YOU DONT HAVE 2 BE “FROM THE ISLAND”
    2 BE A TRUE RASTAFARIAN, IT’S TRUE HOWEVER THAT IT IS DISRESPECTFUL TO INVOKE THE NAME OF H.I.M.
    AS A FASHION OR TREND RATHER THAN A SACRED UTTERANCE. BUT THAT’S NOT 4 ME 2 JUDGE.
    PLEASE CHECK OUT DUBTEX.COM OR ANY DUBTEX SHOWS YOU CAN, I TOO AM A CYNIC AND WOULD APPRECILOVE AN OPINION.-PEACE-

  3. I dissagree… Rastafarianism is a religion. If you believe in all it’s tenets, it can also be a lifestyle, but first and foremost it is a faith. And my comments about “being from the island” only apply to my critisism about the accents.

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