Album Review: All Get Out-The Season

All Get Out’s debut full length The Season has been years in the making.  To fans, it has been a myth, a rumor and something that has been much anticipated.  The band went from playing hundreds of shows in 2008, 2009, and 2010 to regional one off dates for much of 2011.  They had started to become a staple at SXSW, but in 2011 were absent.  They rode hard their first, much beloved Spitting EP, and then re-released it as self titled on Favorite Gentlemen Records.  Self titled records are saved for when a band finds its true sound.  Had All Get Out found it’s true sound before it ever released a full length?

There are more questions surrounding this record than there are visible answers.  Recorded in the heart of Winter in early 2010, the album features some songs that were fresh at the time and others that had become familiar fan favorites over the years.

The Season opens up with the pedal to the floor with “My Friends.”  A song that All Get Out has opened up with at live shows consistently over the years.  Only 10 seconds into the album we have our first “Wooh”, and you think you are in for a fast ride.  What you don’t expect are the horns and organ that seemingly come out of nowhere to the forefront from a band that is better known for loud guitars and grungy distortion.  Years ago we labeled them as “Southern Grunge” based more on their live performance, but this album takes All Get Out to a new more polished sound.

Songs like “Lucky Bastard” and “The Season” are sure fan pleasers, but take a backseat to three songs.  “Son of Mine”, “Let Me Go” and “Come and Gone” are a three part personal story that have been in waiting for Nathan Hussey’s first full length for years. Performed live, “Let Me Go” brings crowded rooms to an eery silence. Those chills have finally been captured masterfully on record, something that wasn’t easy to do.

The Season is proof of versatility.  A band known for leaving a trail of spit, broken guitars, and cymbals in its’ wake have made a beautiful record. The Smashing Pumpkinsesque “Tonight, Tonight” outro to “Come and Gone” is not only a precious gift from Kopecky Family Band, but a soft fade to an album that opened with aggression and is sprinkled with angst.

Is the “back 9″ finally here?  Only time will tell, but now you have the tools to make it happen.

All Get Out will release their record this Saturday, September 24 at New Brookland Tavern.