Legendary San Diego Chargers, Sunnyside release split 7"
|It's Alive Records|
Add in any preconceived notions based on familiarity, as well as Thorson's distinct voice, and the Legendary San Diego Chargers are a logical extension (in fact, the band was born out of a limited lineup tour by Pretty Boy Thorson). The recurring themes of alcohol abuse and feeling alone are nothing new to their songwriting repertoire, and Thorson's technique of writing country songs--but delivering them as punk--continues to work brilliantly on Give 'em Enough Booze. Really, the only thing that makes LSDCs a new band is the fact that they contain only three members instead of five.
Taking side B is Sunnyside, from San Diego. They play a sloppy, by-the-book style that owes a lot to 1990s Recess Records. Singer Jason Weedon is angry, frustrated, and a bit on the screechy side. The songs don't let up, with driving a driving rhythm section that plays primarily in support of the guitars, unlike the Legendary San Diego Chargers side with its up-front bass. Lyrically, the ideas expressed are complicated considerations of life and art, but the couplet style that dominates the choruses is distracting. "All Monkey Radio & the Tranny Cock" is their most memorable song.
Give 'em Enough Booze is available on the It's Alive Records website.