It’s no secret we were big fans of Koe Wetzel and the Konvicts’ 2015 album, “Out on Parole”! The Stephenville, Texas-based band is back at it again, and this time they have it cranked up! “Noise Complaint” dropped at midnight (8/17), and in a fashion deserved of it’s title, it was an unexpected, amped-up rumble of disorderly conduct, in the middle of the night!
“Noise Complaint” is a bold, unapologetic, outpour of the pitfalls that surround your hometown. Diving in to relationships, small town life, gossip, and drunken trips to Taco Bell, Wetzel makes his feelings perfectly clear on how we feels about all of it. Not afraid to call out the issues that trouble him, the 13 track compilation is a brash emission of pleasure and pain. Each track tells a seemingly autobiographical story, that’s probably just as therapeutic for Wetzel as it is for the listeners who can relate.
Recorded at Culture Cloud Studio with Taylor Kimball, the entire record, except for the Parker McCollum’s verse on “Love”, was written by Wetzel! As his songwriting evolves, his raw vibe of expression becomes more prevalent and keeps his listeners on their toes.
The dynamic combination of rock and alternative country, provides a roller coaster ride of energy and emotion. One minute your on top of the world, and the next, you’re in a complete free fall, wondering what’s going to be there when you land.
While we dig the album all the way through, there are a few tracks that really stand out to us.
“Tell It All Town” and “Love” give an honest account of rocky relationships for musicians (or really anybody) in a small town. Addressing how quickly gossip spreads in your hometown, and combining with Parker McCollum to spell out the obstacles they face in search of an authentic relationship, we love the way Wetzel wears his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to explore his battles through his music.
Our *PICK* of the album is “February 28th, 2016”. While a drunken trance in search of Taco Bell, seems like hardly the topic to qualify for our *PICK* of the album, Wetzel really nails this one. Rather than approaching it as half-hearted party song, he takes you into his stupor and makes it feel like you’re right there with him. The way the music builds and hits right in to the catchy chorus, makes this a perfect drive-home song after the bar (of course with a sober driver). Learn the words, go out and have a few drinks, then crank this one up on the way home, and see if it doesn’t capture the moment perfectly!
The record is already out, but you can check out our *PICK* of the album below! Hit play and crank it up!
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Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.