video shot and edited by: George Forste
2011 idgf underground
Chris Scott- Drums
Brook Thompson- Vocals/Guitar
Mikey Castillo- Bass/Vocals
The Mighty Fine is a punk band from the Central Coast of California
One of my favorite recent musical trends is the resurgence of the curiously powerful amalgamation of punk and roots rock. In prior generations, such sounds might be casually derided as amped-up bar rock, while in the contemporary blogosphere, the legacy of Springsteen is bandied about with equal measures of adoration and derision. Whatever you call it, count me as a fan of acts like The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers and The Hold Steady – working-class bands with big dreams and hearts, bigger vocabularies, and even bigger appetites for rousing nights out with friends.
The Mighty Fine strides confidently into this milieu while also brandishing its love for The Descendents, Jawbreaker and Hot Water Music. At any given juncture of In Revival, alt-country, punk and roots trade barbs and ideas with eager anticipation and a fervent desire to have fun while creating great music.
Led by cuts like “To Indiana,” “Flow,” “Paper Trials” and “Catching Up To Tired,” driving guitar fuzz is the name of the game with In Revival. It’s always refreshing to hear an earthy act like The Mighty Fine that knows how to write two distinct guitar parts, as opposed to a generic wall of doubled power chord chugs. The melodic lead licks are paired well with strong, familiar chord progressions, and the band knows its way around song structure. I’m also quite partial to the interplay between the thick bass runs and the talented drumming, which shows just when to display the occasional flash of punk-y brilliance.
Call it literate punk. Call it roots-punk. Call it folk-punk. Whatever you call it, just make sure you call it good. To be sure, In Revival is at its strongest when the tempo and mood are upbeat and the band is working with a full head of steam. The beauty of this twelve-song record is that, while we've experienced these raucous and rambunctious sounds before, it’s always refreshing to hear such a well-crafted take on vintage American rock-n-roll. Simply stated, The Mighty Fine stands tall as another proud heir in a fine musical tradition of rousing, yet thoughtful punk bands.
- Adam Newton
In Revival was recorded engineered, mixed and produced by Nolan Perry at Dale's Pale Ale Place in Santa Maria, CA in February and March of 2011. The record was mastered by Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, Direct Hit!) at Mystery Room Mastering in Milwaukee, WI. Featuring artwork from Dave Watt, In Revival is the follow-up to The Mighty Fine's 2010 self-released full-length, Bad Timing For Everything, and was released on CD and digital format by Solidarity Recordings on August 16, 2011. The label will release a 12" version later this fall.
-Chuck Daley (Beartrap PR/Tiny Engines) Chuck@beartrappr.com