Bash & Pop
Langue disponible : anglaisTommy Stinson was playing a larger role in the Replacements in the group's final years, and after their breakup in 1991, Bash & Pop gave Stinson his first chance to show what he could do as a frontman and bandleader. Formed by Stinson (who switched from bass to guitar and handled lead vocal and songwriting duties) and drummer Steve Foley (who had briefly replaced Chris Mars in the waning days of the Replacements), the group also included Foley's bassist brother Kevin Foley and guitarist Steve Brantseg. Bash & Pop recorded 1993's Friday Night Is Killing Me with Minneapolis producer Don Smith. By many accounts, the group failed to jell into a cohesive unit, and it was later revealed that Stinson recorded most of the album either playing most of the instruments by himself, or with various guest musicians, including half of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Wire Train's Jeff Trott. (In the wake of the band's breakup, Stinson told a reporter for Goldmine magazine, "When the Replacements broke up, my original idea was to form a group that was basically the same thing the 'Mats were early on, which was a spirited band with a good chemistry, and which shared the same vision. We tried that with Bash & Pop with two different lineups, but I never really found four people who shared that camaraderie.") By the time the album was finally released, Stinson had already fired both Steve Brantseg and Kevin Foley. The band limped through a short tour and unceremoniously broke up after the album racked up disappointing sales and garnered mixed reviews. After Bash & Pop stalled out, Stinson went on to form another band, Perfect, and recorded and toured as a solo act before signing on as Guns N' Roses' bassist in 1998. Meanwhile, Steve Foley formed the group Wheelo, but his life and career were cut short when he was stricken with depression and anxiety, and he died in 2008 at the age of 49. In 2012, Stinson and Paul Westerberg reunited as the Replacements to record a handful of songs for a benefit EP in support of 'Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap, and Stinson played bass with a new edition of the Replacements that toured from 2013 to 2015. History chose to repeat itself once again, and after the reunited Replacements broke up, Stinson decided to re-form Bash & Pop, this time with an entirely new lineup. Recording with a crew of musicians that included guitarists Luther Dickinson, Chip Roberts, and Steve Selvidge, bassist Cat Popper, keyboardist Tony Kieraldo, and drummers Frank Ferrer and Joe Sirois, the second Bash & Pop album, Anything Could Happen, was released in January 2017, with a tour scheduled in support.
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Alternatif et Indé - Paru le 27 janvier 2017 | Fat Possum
When Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg reunited the Replacements for a concert tour in 2013, plenty of fans were hoping against hope that the new edition of the band would grace the world with a new album. That didn't happen, but maybe it's just as well. In the wake of the 'Mats' reunion hitting the ditch in 2015, Westerberg released one of his spunkiest rock & roll records in years, 2016's Wild Stab, in collaboration with Juliana Hatfield under the name the I Don't Cares. And Stinson has followed suit, reviving Bash & Pop, the short-lived but well-loved band he formed after the Replacements' original 1991 implosion. Outside of Stinson, no one who played on Bash & Pop's 1993 album, Friday Night Is Killing Me, appears on 2017's Anything Could Happen, but the two records share a very similar sound and feel. Stinson has said that he wanted the return of Bash & Pop to sound like a band with a good vibe playing live in the studio, and that's exactly what Anything Could Happen delivers. For these sessions, Stinson was joined by his core accompanists (Steve Selvidge on guitar and vocals, Justin Perkins on guitar and vocals, Tony Kieraldo on keyboards and vocals, and Joe Sirois on drums), with a few other players making guest appearances (including Luther Dickinson and Chip Roberts), and here the pieces fall together just right. The performances on Anything Could Happen have the sort of loose-limbed drive that the Faces made their trademark (and the Replacements strove to emulate), especially when Kieraldo attacks his electric piano with loving enthusiasm. Stinson performs with a perfect fusion of street-kid cockiness, regular-guy smirk, and occasional flashes on heart-on-sleeve philosophizing, and married to these rough-and-ready tunes, smart but never cocky about it, the effect is magic. Though Stinson is rarely as perceptive as Westerberg in his songwriting, here Tommy still sounds engaged with rock & roll in a way his former bandmate can't always muster these days, and he strikes a more satisfying balance between middle-aged responsibility and arrested-adolescent swagger. We'll probably never get that Replacements reunion album, but like Westerberg's Wild Stab, Anything Could Happen effectively channels the best of what Tommy Stinson brought to the Replacements, and this unexpected Bash & Pop "reunion" has made an album just about as good -- and every bit as much fun -- as their minor classic from the '90s. © Mark Deming /TiVo