Review by Shayne McGowan
Lagerstein - "25/7"
If you like music that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then this third full length album from Aussie pirate crew, Lagerstein, may just be what you’re looking for.
It’s not quite a comedy act, but it is all a little tongue in cheek. Think Steel Panther, but replace glam with pirates, and pussy with drinking, and you might be starting to get an idea of what this is all about...
But one things for sure, it’s a fuck load of fun!
Midnight Moonshine opens up the proceedings, and instantly you know what you’re in for. It’s heavy on the riffs - musically it actually has a great deal going on. Lyrically, it’s all about drinking for “25 hours a day”. Sounds like fun!
Dig Bury Drink is a riot. Great big riffs layered over a sea shanty background is what we get here. It’s bouncy and catchy. So infectiously catchy that it should come with a warning. And I mean, what’s not to love about a song that is cantered around burying rum “to make sure there’s always rum near”?
The Wild West follows the familiar formula - and if you’re not having fun with this album so far, you need to re-evaluate your life. Shoey Song is like pirate punk rock. Faster tempo, still catchy and bouncy, and absolutely hilarious - with an equally amusing video. Personally, I don’t understand the appeal of “doing a shoey”, but this little anthem makes me want to try.
Drink of the Pirates, is a love song dedicated to rum, Pina Colada Paradise brings in a little Caribbean/calypso influence to Lagersteins arsenal, and although it’s somewhat of an odd one out, they make it work, while Wench My Thirst is ALMOST a straight forward rocker. Almost. But it proves to be a highlight, possibly due to the fun innuendo used throughout.
Off The Map becomes the heaviest track on offer, and another highlight for me. It tells the tale of a ships crew who are lost and seemingly without hope, but ultimately “their days of piracy and partying aren’t dead”.
Every good pirate needs a parrot, so next we have Party Parrot. Another fast paced bombastic track. I’m having so much fun with this album - I can’t wait to throw this on while having a few drinks. Aqua Bong sees the band making a deal with an undersea being, in order to get an extra hour a day to party (25/7!), which leads in to 25 Hours perfectly - and this song is about drinking and partying, shockingly enough!
A New Day is a baffling five and a half minutes of sound effects, but be sure to sit through it, as it eventually reveals itself to be the perfect (although maybe a little long) intro to the final track - a cover of Men At Works Classic, Down Under. This cover in itself, is worth the cover price alone. A superb way to close out a wildly entertaining album.
I have to admit that I’ve never listened to Lagerstein until now - but I’ll happily refer to myself as a fan from this day forth, and will definitely be seeking out their previous albums.