Review: Violent Femmes “We Can Do Anything”
Violent Femmes recently released their first full-length studio album in 15 years. This is exciting news for Violent Femmes fans, obviously. It’s been a rough road leading up to this point – Bassist Brian Ritchie sued Gordan Gano in 2007, drummer Victor DeLorenzo left the band, and it seemed unlikely that we would ever hear new music from this trio again.
Well, for whatever reason, Gano and Ritchie have put aside their differences and came up with 10 songs of new(ish) material. (apparently several of the songs were drawn from old demos, and several where co-written with Gano and other artists).
The result, somehow, is classic Violent Femmes. There’s the happy bouncy songs, the weird dark songs, and of course the songs wrestling with Gordon’s issues stemming from his relationship with god and his sexuality. (Like many previous albums, this one also could be titled “More songs about Jesus and masturbation”).
Not quite as original as classic favorites such as Hallowed Ground or the classic The Blind Leading the Naked, We Can Do Anything is still one of the most entertaining albums of the year, and instantly adds to the amazing catalogue Violent Femmes have amassed over the years.
Most importantly, with new material comes new tours!
While opinions about the quality of the new album are varied throughout the interwebs, no one can argue that Violent Femmes put on an amazing live performance. (Check out their tour schedule here!)
Listen to the new album and go see the Femmes on tour!