Every Record I Own - Day 319: Dillinger Four Versus God
It was sometime in 2000 or 2001 and I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I was trying to broaden my musical horizons, but having just moved up to Seattle from Tacoma I was surrounded by enough musicians that I wound up getting exposed to a lot of stuff outside my normal comfort zone. The bigger problem I encountered was finding something that felt familiar, adrenalized, and fun. I wanted a punk band that had the rough-hewn melodies of Jawbreaker or the rabble-rousing anthems of Avail, but I didn’t want a retread or knock-off. I’d heard some people talk up Dillinger Four, so I picked up this copy of Versus God.
Sure enough, this LP satisfied the cravings. It’s got a near-perfect mix of straightforward melodies, trashy instrumentation, social commentary, drunken revelry, and cherry-picked influences from across the punk and hardcore spectrum.
I’m gonna go ahead and be one of those obnoxious dudes that talks about how a band’s early stuff is their best work and state that D4’s debut album Midwestern Songs of the Americas is their crowning achievement, but Versus God is still a great introduction to a great band.