Dead Broke (2017, Reissue)
I probably mentioned when I reviewed the reissue of the first Fifteen 7" a few months ago that I have been embarrassingly unfamiliar with this band until very recently. While I've been a huge Crimpshrine fan for as long as I can remember, for whatever reason, I never followed along with Fifteen during the bands initial run of records. Luckily there's a bunch of reissues going on right now, making it easier to catch up.
While I was left pretty flat with the Liberation 7", Swain's First Bike Ride is much better and way more up my alley. I hear a lot more of the scratchy guitar progressions along with Jeff Ott's distinctive rasp. It's not as all over the place as the 7" was as the album has a more consistent and cohesive sound, fitting right in with the sort of thing going on at Lookout records in the late 80s and early 90s. Where the 7" felt like a bunch of songs thrown together, this feels more like an album.
I still have a long way to go to catch up on Fifteen's discography. I did pick up two more of their albums that were recently reissued and I'll be spending time with those and hopefully writing up a little something about them in the near future.
Fifteen - Swain's First Bike Ride: