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Dawns Early Light

by Atomic Bomb Club

Punk pop trio from Dallas blasts through a set of fractured melodies covering high school psychos, bad date nights, broken relationships, and stumbling back to the light with your sense of humor intact.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. David Was a Man
3:31 $0.99
2. New Wave
2:14 $0.99
3. Elevator Song
2:14 $0.99
4. Burned Again
2:24 $0.99
5. Capitol Drive
2:54 $0.99
6. Ladyland
3:37 $0.99
7. Three Springs
2:12 $0.99
8. Peppermint Street
3:10 $0.99
9. Last Ocean On the Right
2:49 $0.99
10. Puke
2:41 $0.99
11. Check Your Mail
2:46 $0.99
12. Too Many Balls
3:52 $0.99
13. Someday
2:30 $0.99
14. Emmie Hold On
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Atomic Bomb Club (2014) is the second incarnation of a Jack Knetzger band first created in 1976 with drummer Derrick Bostrom. The first 4 tracks - "David was a Man", "New Wave," "Elevator Song," and "Burned Again" - date from that 70s punk duo. Decades before Columbine or Jeremy had spoken, "David" captures the personality disintegration of a high school homicide in the making...or is it about a frustrated rock and roll dreamer? "New Wave" song provides a punk snarl at bloated guitar rock of the day, while craving & quoting the same riffs. "Elevator Song" is a discordant, odd interval stomp about the dance floor, turning pop anthem in its begging chorus. Classic R&B shows up in the ballad "Burned Again", in a story about a girl with bad romantic luck.

The remaining 10 tracks on "First Light" are songs and instrumentals culled from Knetzger compositions from 1990 to present, introduced by the thundering instrumental "Capitol Drive" which showcases drummer Caleb Duncan's lightning breaks. "Ladyland" follows Knetzger into the desert, down in a cave, and up onto a plateau searching for love. "Three Springs" is a short instrumental also informed by the Arizona landscape and some friends who formed a seminal band. "Peppermint Street" brings the action back to Dallas Nov 1963 for a happy funker about another psycho having an awful day. Global warming and/or the Texas drought is the backdrop to "Last Ocean on the Right," featuring a lovely bass line from John Rowland.

The home stretch features a string of laments ending in a hopeful cry for a dog. "Puke" surveys a mid-life GI problem counterposed with marital and self doubt. "Check Your Mail" tracks a hero trying to find his girlfriend online, the guitars inspired after a night of listening to Big Star. "Too Many Balls" finishes out the pleading theme.

The album ends sunny with 2 upbeat tracks, "Someday" a straight blues anthem to a lost friend, and "Emmie Hold On", a power pop anthem to rescue dog adoption inspired by Dinosaur Jr. tones.

Knetzger's guitar is both rudimentary & inventive throughout, with Hendrixy touches on a punk base. His modest signing voice grows on you with each listen. Rowland provides singing and punchy bass support, with great walking lines on "David" and "Peppermint." And Duncan is astonishing throughout, dispensing thunderous lightning cascades and combinations around the chord climbs like a possessed dervish.

The core trio of the entire album was tracked in one session live at the Track Studio in Plano, Texas, with Knetzger adding guitars, vocals and producing the final mixes at his home studio in Plano. The sound quality is fairly basic, nothing too fancy, sticking to the live core trio parts. Highly recommended.



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