Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Abolitionist - Ugly Feeling
Today's update certainly isn't the first time Abolitionist have featured on here but it's possibly the last. The Portland, Oregon band have decided that it's probably time to call it a day. If it is the end they've gone out with a bang in the form of new (last?) release Ugly Feeling. Featuring the talents of Dustin Herron (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Dunlap (lead guitar/vocals), Joey Mohler (bass/vocals) and Sean Rule (drums), the album is a dozen political treatises on anger, ignorance, imperfection, selfishness, disillusion and self doubt. It's the sound of a band looking inward at the human psyche and not always liking what they see. Questions are asked, "What can you do when you're at the crossroads?" What can you do when berating and controlling are all you know?" "So what now?" It's claustrophobic and uncomfortable. It's essential listening.
There's a limited edition opaque purple vinyl version (though there's only a handful left so get in quick) and it's also available as a name your price download : https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-feeling-lp-2019
Despite going their separate ways, they've still got a few gigs lined and you can check details here : https://www.facebook.com/abolitionist.portland.9
My pick of the bunch? I'm going with the title track. This is Ugly Feeling...
He just had an ugly feeling. He just couldn't relate. He just couldn't blah blah blah (isn't being a white boy great? Ugly feeling. To be honest, it wasn't all that bad growing up in the rural life … being shredded by the eggshells of an unhappy marriage of two imperfect souls living an imperfect life in a spoiled, dying world.