Hans Condor – Sweat, Piss, Jizz and Blood

Photo by Rebecca Seung: seungalong.tumblr.com

 

Who are HANS CONDOR you might ask? I’m really not sure either, but they come from Nashville and their well-deserved and ridiculously named debut from 2010 might be one of the most thrilling records from last year.

Like I’ve read somewhere before, Hans Condor are described as the sweaty coal shovelers from the bottom of the music industry. However instead of making them out to scummy low-lifes, Hans Condor are actually more capable, more deserving and more exciting than half of the other bands leading the scene right now (like that Washed Out album from this week, or how Bon Iver is celebrating ‘Bon Iver Day’ today in Milwaukee). Their debut full length, “Sweat, Piss, Jizz and Blood” is not only non-existent to most music fans, it’s actually one of the most dirty, heart-stopping and fearless records you can find from the year 2010. Needless to say, Nashville has been cooking up some quality bands in recent years (please see Infinity Cat for confirmation on this) and Hans Condor continue that accomplishment.

Beginning their album with the anthem-like opener “Somethin’ Happenin’ Here”, Hans Condor quickly move into madness with “I Can Make A Lot of Money”. Upon this moment you shall realize the sheer raw power this band holds as the song coalesces into the other, hereby leaving you in the debt of Hans Condor for years to come. Quickly you will detect this one is overflowing with a vigorous energy, rounded out with lightning-esque guitar soloing that rains down from the clouds, hereby sealing the deal that this eyeopener is nothing short of badass – much like everything that follows it. To give you a little better of an idea, Hans Condor combine a bit of the country twang from Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags, mixed with the self-loathing angst of Titus Andronicus and unfathomable amounts of energy from White Denim, chopped and blended into a fiery country-garage-punk onslaught of epic proportions.

Album highlight “My Lyin’ Mind” comes about halfway through and is so blatantly honest that it actually hurts. You can feel the struggle in Chazz Kaster’s voice as he staggers along, coming through with enough grit and ferocious intensity to last into next year. After that achin’ and breakin’ comes “Time, Rhyme, Reason”, which is a pure snapshot of their blazing sound and an even better illustration of their striking energy levels. Yet while we know they’re fantastic at rocking hard, Hans Condor also know when to relax a bit too. For example in “Chauncey” or “Badlands (With the Band)”, the carefree album closer that actually features a never-heard-before gargling solo.

Coming down the stretch, “Just Remember Have Fun” is like the mission statement or philosophy of their wild attitude, coming off much lighter in intensity than usual but it’s a welcomed change of pace for this hectic album (notice how they mention the Statue of Liberty needs a good fuck). Last but not least is one final banger called “Stitches”, where Hans Condor solidify themselves as a premier rock and roll band with zero strings attached. Their blazing solos and unmatched energy do not go unnoticed because they’re constantly shoving it down your throat, so if you’re okay with that then let the rage begin.

PS – this video here proves everything & thanks to Jen for the recommendation

I Can Make A Lot of Money –

Conversations –

My Lyin’ Mind –

Time, Rhyme, Reason –

Just Remember Have Fun –

My Rating: 9.2/10
Genre/ Tags: Alt-Country, Punk, Rock & Roll
Sweat, Piss, Jizz and Blood: Tracklist:
1.) Somethin’ Happenin’ Here
2.) I Can Make A Lot of Money
3.) The Scoundrel
4.) Conversations
5.) My Lyin’ Mind
6.) Time, Rhyme, Reason
7.) Chauncey
8.) Just Remember Have Fun
9.) Stitches
10.) Badlands (with the Band)

Not sure where to buy this – send’em an e-mail: hanscondor AT gmail DOT com
Hans Condor – Official Website
Hans Condor on Facebook
Follow Hans Condor on Twitter
Hans Condor Live in Philadelphia (08/07/11)

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6 responses to “Hans Condor – Sweat, Piss, Jizz and Blood

  1. hey, thanks for quoting me AND using my photo. now, if only i had a credit somewhere… and honestly, as wonderful as their album is, it’s nothing compared to a live show. check em out when they tour and you’ll see what i mean. there’s a reason i think they’re the best band in nashville.

  2. You can also get their 7 inch for Time, Ryhme, Reason on Mule Town Records @ http://www.muletownrecords.com

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