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The Distillers were active as a band between the years of 1998 and 2006. During that time they released a grand total of three studio albums, the second of which was 'Sing Sing Death House' and was released in 2002. It is an excellent album and in my opinion it contains some of the best tracks that the band ever wrote during their eight year reign. The band were fronted by the female vocalist Brody Dalle who was formerly married to Tim Armstrong of Rancid. Her birth name is actually Bree Joanna Leslie Pucilowski, she uses the surname Dalle however as her favourite actress is Béatrice Dalle of Betty Blue.
Although the band are fronted by a female, please don't let this deter you. I'm not the biggest fan of female vocals, but Brody Dalle sure has one hell of a voice on her. Her vocal performance oozes punk rock fury, it's full of spite and is harsh, grainy, and yet greatly appealing. Her voice suits the bands sound perfectly, she's a true punk rocker in performance and the attitude that this woman possesses is really quite brilliant.
Whilst there are a number of brilliant tracks on this album, 'The Young Crazed Peeling' is without doubt one of my favourites from this release. I'm not too sure what it is about this track, but there just seems to be something hugely alluring about its sound which makes it stand out to me and hold strong as one of my favourite Distillers tracks of all time. The band may have only released three studio albums, but I was huge fan of theirs and in saying that this is one of my favourites I am making no small statement here. The ability that The Distillers possesses truly was quite astonishing, their music always had a great edginess which made them stand out from the crowd with ease. It is the vocals of this band that made them so brilliant and whilst the instrumental section isn't really that special, the vocals more than make up for the lack of ability in other areas.
Never on this album do the band ever sound short of energy. The Distillers always sounded greatly enthusiastic in making the music that they were and always high energy levels came across on their albums. Title track 'Sing Sing Death House' sums up perfectly I feel the chaotic and highly energetic sound of The Distillers, their music was at times seemingly nothing but a brutal mish-mash of conflicting sounds and yet somehow it worked and did in fact sound absolutely brilliant in my opinion. The vocals are slurred in such a drawl that you can not always make out the lyrics, but this is not something that greatly matters as regardless of whether or not you know exactly what the band are saying still their music is greatly appealing. Rammstein have made a huge success of themselves in many countries over the years and I'm sure that not all of their fan base is fluent in German, and it is true of any music I feel that if it is engaging enough to draw you then knowing what the band is saying at all times is not always essential.
The Distillers were a brilliant band and in 'Sing Sing Death House' they recorded a truly exceptional album. From beginning to end it is always engaging and never do the band fail to impress as they blast their way through this release. The sound produced here is never anything short of sensational and always The Distillers enthral here with this album of theirs. Even if you're not the biggest fan of punk rock in the world or are not greatly fond of female vocals then I feel you should still give the music of The Distillers a chance. They have split up now and you will therefore never again get the opportunity to witness the band live, but what you can do is pick up any one of their three studio albums for a reasonable price and give their music a listen. 'Sing Sing Death House' can be found for a price of £4.99 on Play.com at current and in my opinion that is an absolute bargain. £4.99 for such an excellent album is no great ask, so as far as I'm concerned ownership of this album is essential and you really have no excuse not to own it at this price.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Sick Of It All
2 I Am A Revenant
3 Seneca Falls
4 Young Crazed Peeling
5 Sing Sing Death House
6 Bullet And The Bullseye
7 City Of Angels
8 Young Girl
9 Hate Me
11 I Understand
12 Lordy Lordy