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Social Crutch

by Dipsomaniacs

The Dipsomaniacs return with their 6th studio album - Social Crutch. This time around the Dipsos bring you band-saw wielding femme fatales, oversleeping corporate executives, drug dealing military brats, and college drop outs with alcoholic tendencies.
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1. Together We Can Rule the World
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2. Drop Your Guitar
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3. Blame It On the Gin
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4. Not Waiting Around
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5. Loretta After All
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6. Wake Up Sue
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7. Kids On Base
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8. Oh Jose
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9. Wait and See
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10. Halo Around You
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Album Notes
The Dipsomaniacs are from NJ and play melodic, hook-driven, sloppy, but spirited rock n roll. The Replacements have always been a decent reference point for the band's sound - power-pop with a heavy influence of 60s garage rock and the simplicity and directness of punk. The Dipsos love the Who and that shows too. They've been around since the mid 90s and have released 5 CDs and appeared on countless compilations while playing shows all over the country.

The band's songs have been featured on the MTV shows "Made" and "Sweet 16". Most recently the Dipsomaniacs contributed two songs to the FDR Label "About a Girl" CD. In 2005 The Dipsos won the Philadelphia Little Steven Underground Garage contest and opened for Rocket from the Crypt at Irving Plaza in NYC. The band also played to over 15,000 opening for Pat Benatar at a July 4th outdoor concert. For the highly acclaimed Who Tribute CD the Dipsos teamed up with Philadelphia guitar legend Tommy Conwell to record a blistering version of "Long Live Rock".

The Dipsomaniacs 6th CD, Social Crutch, was released in February of 2009. Here are some reviews:

The Big Takeover Issue #64 June 2009 - #32 in editor Jack Rabid's Top 40

Six albums in 13 years, and this Greater Philadelphia/New Jersey tiger is not changing its stripes, thank you! Since the Dipsos haven’t released an album since 2005’s Whatever Planet, fans might forget what a hooky rock n roll power-pop garage machine they remain. (Although main man Mick Chorba filled the gap with his ace Successful Failures” Ripe for the Burning, more music of the same tried and true ilk!) But once Social hits those big guitar sweet spots where Pete Townshend, Paul Westerberg and Bob Stinson, Rick Nielsen, Paul Collins, and the Raspberries Wally Bryson frolicked, you sigh in pleasure. Don’t miss the completely crunchy-catchy closer “Halo Around You” and equally romantic opener “Together We Can Rule the World,” but pick any poison. Just like the ‘Failures’ “All I Can Take” or “Bridges Over the Delaware,” Chorba must write singles for breakfast – or at least as often as he mows the lawn. Or changes his oil?

Jack Rabid in The Big Takeover Issue #64 (The Dipsomaniacs’ Social Crutch CD was selected as one of editor Jack Rabid’s “Top 40 CDs” – quite an honor!)


Babsy Sue Review - http://www.babysue.com/2009-March-LMNOP-Reviews.html#anchor742256


Dipsomaniacs - Social Crutch (CD, FDR, Pop/rock)
While we weren't paying attention...the guys in Dipsomaniacs have obviously transformed themselves into a heavy duty in-your-face hard pop band of the highest caliber. We've liked what we heard from this band in the past, but it didn't prepare us for the powerful punch of the tunes on Social Crutch. This is one totally killer power pop album...and the sound quality is f*cking incredible. Nice thick throbbing tunes...with melodies that are so instantly catchy that you'll get that same heady feeling you get when listening to The Young Fresh Fellows and Fountains of Wayne. After hearing this, we can honestly say that guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mick Chorba ranks right up there with some of the coolest pop songwriters of the past few decades. His songs are vibrant and full of life...and they possess a wonderful uplifting quality that is gripping and inspiring. We are in love with this album...can you tell...? To tell you the truth, after hearing this one you probably will be as well. Superb tunes include "Together We Can Rule The World" (a perfect pure pop anthem), "Blame It On The Gin," "Kids On Base," and "Halo Around You." Recommended. (Rating: 5++)


Powerpopaholic.com 2/2009 http://www.powerpopaholic.com/

Longtime power pop favorites, the Dipsomaniacs have released their 6th album, and like your favorite comfort food, it'll bring you warm feelings inside. Chief Dipsomaniac Mick Chorba leads the band through a nice pop set, with less garage elements, but the DIY spirit in the music lives on. The opener "Together We Can Rule the World" is sure fire hit single, with a hook filled chorus and those ever present guitar riffs, that Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) would be proud of. "Drop Your Guitar" carries on with a workman-like effort along the lines of The Who and Cheap Trick. "Blame it On The Gin" sets up a quirky rhythm, much like Camper Van Beethoven. "Not Waiting Around" is another highlight, sounding a little like Tommy Keene, with a polished rock sound and a superb arrangement. These songs are mostly short and sweet, and thus a lot of fun to listen to. "Wake Up Sue" is a punchy guitar tune with a foolproof riff and "Kids On Base" shows how well the band can put together an interesting story about bored army brats. Every song shines here, and no filler is to be found, even the quirky country mid tempo "Loretta After All" about a band saw wielding psycho girlfriend has a certain funny charm you can't ignore. The sweet melodies continue with "Wait and See" and the excellent finale of "Halo Around You." I have listened to this band grow over the years, and Chorba seems to get better and better, and I see him emerge from the shadow of those Paul Westerberg comparisons on earlier albums. A perfect entry point if you've never heard them before - without a doubt, recommended for power pop lovers.

Review by Jim Testa / Jersey Beat Magazine
February 2009

DIPSOMANIACS – Social Crutch (FDRlabel. com)

If you connect the dots from the Replacements through the Smithereens through Fountains of Wayne, the other end of that line would eventually intersect South Jersey garage-rockers Dipsomaniacs. Like the ‘Mats, they’ll occasionally crank out an affecting youth anthem that cuts to the core of what being young is all about (“Kids On Base,”) but more often than not, they’ll pen some witty pop ditty with big Nick Lowe-ish power-pop chords built around a groan-inducing pun (“Oh Jose.”) (Hey, that’s okay, I like punks.) There’s almost one good ol’ alt-country twang’er about getting drunk (“Blame It On The Gin,”) and every Dipsomaniacs album comes with its complement of irresistible pop tunes that, in a better world, we’d hear on the radio every ten minutes (“Together We Can Rule The World,” “Halo Around You.”) So you could say that Social Crutch perfectly follows the Dipsomaniacs’ formula, in that the album serves up impeccable pop songcraft with top-notch musicianship, viral melodies, and a wicked sense of humor. In fact, they can keep repeating themselves until hell freezes over as far as I’m concerned. – Jim Testa

Absolute PowerPop Blogspot

Dipsomaniacs-Social Crutch.

Kool Kat and Not Lame have gotten lots of deserved praise for being top-notch power pop labels, but not to be overlooked is New Jersey's FDR Records, who quietly have been releasing a stream of fine releases from bands like The Successful Failures and Blank Pages. In fact, you could say there's an "FDR Sound": no-nonsense, straight-up, rock-oriented, garage-style powerpop that draws on bands like The Replacements and The Who.

And nobody is more emblematic of that sound than the Dipsomaniacs, back with their sixth release here. On Social Crutch, the Dipsos hit quite a few high notes: the opening track "Together We Can Rule the World", which merges the sound of fellow Jersyians Fountains of Wayne and The Smithereens; the revved-up and highly catchy "Oh Jose", and the first song I've heard about army brats, "Kids on Base". Rock on!


Not Lame Records
Ft. Collins, CO

As is their trademark, the Dipsomaniacs parade out a strong Replacements vibe (but tighter) along with plenty of Material Issue, some Flamin` Groovies, some Posies, The Who. It`s a familiar drill, arguably, but The Dipsomaniacs have their patent on this sort of filtration system and it works extremely well and goes down with ease.


Jam Recordings

Excellent new cd for 2009 by the ever reliable DIPSOMANIACS!!! This power pop out fit from New Jersey is becoming more legendary as time goes by. They were the winners of the Little Steven Underground garage contest and have played to audiences as large as 15,000. There are two bands that always come to mind when listening to the DIPSOMANIACS, The Replacements, and The Who! and for good measure a pinch of Neil Young, and all good things in the power pop genre. Kinks fans and Gin Blossoms fans will also find much to enjoy here. So I whole heartly recommend this cd to all power pop rockin fans. If you have never heard them, start with this because it's a grade A winner!


Princeton Record Exchange Site
Social Crutch - Dipsomaniacs
by Beverly Paterson in Reviews

Dipsomaniacs “Social Crutch” (FDR 037)
For more than a decade now, Dipsomaniacs have been wowing audiences left and right with their clever and catchy songs. Here on the New Jersey band’s sixth and latest album, “Social Crutch,” they once again deliver a solid gold set of radio friendly tunes. If there’s one band you can always depend on, it’s Dipsomaniacs. After all the years they’ve been around, they’ve never altered their approach or attitude. Dipsomaniacs play the kind of music they personally love and believe in.

A triple dosage of power pop pizzazz washes over cuts such as “Drop Your Guitar,” “Wake Up Sue” and “Wait And See.” Assembled of shifting tempos and streams of snappy hooks, “Together We Can Rule The World” is planted firmly in Weezer and Fountains of Wayne territory, while “Loretta After All” assumes a dusty country and western pitch. Combining exotic belly dancing rhythms with a touch of reggae, “Blame It On The Gin” is certainly the most unusual and adventurous track on the record. The remainder of the songs on “Social Crutch” hang tight to the band’s trademark tone of egg-cracking guitar licks, shouting choruses, booming drum beats, shaking tambourines and tinkling piano drills. Enthused vocals paired with energy to spare make the album a true blue winner.

Mixing the clutter free rock and roll of The Flamin’ Groovies and Creedence Clearwater Revival with sassy punk elements and piles of pop sensibilities, Dipsomaniacs boast a sound that’s instantly accessible. According to these ears, “Social Crutch” is their strongest effort to date, and that’s saying a lot since their previous records have been nothing short of enjoyable as well.


Rolling Stone online review (1/2009)


Just got to hear some of the new tracks from this under-appreciated garage rock/power pop band from NJ that consistently delivers GREAT tunes, and this is right up there with their best work.
If you like the early power pop stylings of The Who and/or guitar driven Replacements-like rockers, this is gold. Throw in a splash of Weezer on some of the poppier stuff and Steve Earle on the country tinged rockers for some great flavor.
Favorite track (so far) -- Oh Jose: it sounds like Green Day, the Beatles and the Replacments were locked in a bar for a night and forced to collaborate on a song. Really brilliant stuff!


Innocent Words Online Zine (6/2009)

By: John B. Moore
Social Crutch
Likely the bastard child of The Replacements and Cheap Trick, New Jersey’s Dipsomaniacs play boozy bar rock and power pop stripped of any pretention. On Social Crutch, their sixth full length, there are few surprises, but that’s not exactly a bad thing. Sure the sound is a little closer to power pop than the garage rock most associate with the band, but the group’s central themes of booze, partying and regret are still front and center – like Jimmy Buffett, but with better musicianship and better lyrics. The album opener, “Together We Can Rule the World” sounds like something The Posies should have written in the mid '90s and “Blame it on the Gin” even sneaks in a little '60s British Invasion influences. For a band that’s been at it for nearly 15 years, Dipsomaniacs still sound remarkably fresh.



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