"When the Fabric Don't Fit the Frame" (I Scream; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Joe Coffee ain't a dude, it's a band and the music you'll find on "When the Fabric Don't Fit the Frame" plays a little bit like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones without the horns. It's a rough voiced punk album with a lot of attitude, especially in the vocals.

As I've said elsewhere on these pages, the thing I like about punk rock and hardcore is that those genres usually allow the bands more freedom to expand on their sound than other genres tend to do. That being said, Joe Coffee sounds a lot more like The Clash than the Ramones or the Sex Pistols. It's raw guitar and rough songwriting, all put together in a loose mix that's virtually irresistible.

Some tracks sound like what you'd expect if Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra or Bruce Springsteen sang this style. It's the kind of laidback, do-it-for-the-music-rather-than-the-money confidence that gives the entire album its impressive and welcome punch. 

Raw, gritty and -- most importantly -- honest, "When the Fabric Don't Fit the Frame" is rock'n'roll with real bite.

Joe Coffee: Rev. Paul Bearer - vocals; Ray Canapini - guitar; Rob Seale - guitar; Mark Doyle - bass; Danny Windas - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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