The Distillers To Take A Bite With “Coral Fang”
By Randy J. Klodz
It has been a while since Courtney Love made headlines for something that she
first became famous--making great music while being a strong-mouthed female
in a male-dominated music industry for the band Hole. Hole’s most recent
album, the acclaimed “Celebrity Skin,” released in the Fall of 1998,
but female vocalist and guitarist, Brody Dalle has begun filling Love’s
shoes as lead singer for emerging rock acts the Distillers.
Dalle isn’t being thwarted into rock stardom without some essential tools:
Her ex-husband Tim Armstrong is the driving force behind one of punk-rock’s
most famed bands, Rancid. She’s also gifted in that she plays with a supporting
cast of musically talented males: Tony Bradley on guitars, Ryan Sinn on bass
and Andy Granelle on drums.
With being married to what some would call a punk-rock icon, and comprising
a band of talented musicians, Dalle and the rest of the Distillers are paving
a course toward becoming a hit. To start the trek, the band released “Sing
Sing Death House” on Epitaph Records in June of 2002. But what could be
the most convincing moves include the release of “Coral Fang” on
Oct. 14, and a slot on this year’s Lollapalooza tour that stared such
famed acts as Jane’s Addiction and Incubus.
Some of the 11 track titles that comprise “Coral Fang” sound like
the typical titles found on most angst ridden punk-rock records: “Die
on a Rope,” “Beat Your Heart Out” and “Drain the Blood--all
songs of which Dalle comprises a creative singing style. She often sweetly sings
while two seconds later a screaming growl may ensue.
“The Hunger” begins with an acoustic guitar riff and slowly erupts
into a heavy guitar dirge with Dalle becoming angrier by the second. But Dalle
volleys back and forth between soft and abrasive, making for the strongest track
on the album. With the lyrics: “Open sky the wave of pain the scent of
you is bliss / Hungry eyes they stare at me / I know, I know, don't go,”
Dalle sweetly sings all but the “don’t go” portion, which
is screamed as if somebody was piercing her eyeball.
Though the Distillers haven’t played Chicago since the July 12 Lollapalooza
date, the band seems to tour relentlessly, and probably won’t stay gone
for long. For more information on the band log on to www.thedistillers.com.
||Photo: James Minchin III