Emotions run deep on this latest release from Santa Barbara’s Lagwagon. It’s often said that great works of art are created out of pain and loss. While I can’t say that this is a complete work of art, it is certainly a beautiful creation that was inspired out of a painful loss for the band when original drummer, Derrick Plourde, committed suicide in April 2005.
Songwriter Joey Cape wrote the album only a few days after Derrick’s death and is, in every way, the band’s musical response to the death of their friend. The result? An emotionally charged, heartbreaking and heartfelt album with lyrics that touch the soul and a sound that doesn’t wander from your typical Lagwagon sound, which is enough to keep longtime Lagwagon fans happy.
“Heartbreaking Music” sets the tone for the album which goes through a long line of emotional tracks where sadness, frustration, hope, desperation and closure are intertwined with love and respect.
Songs of special note: “Heartbreaking Music”, “Resolve”, “Automatic”, “Runs In The Family” and “Days Of New”.
Complete track listing:
Runs In The Family
Days Of New