Released: 2016, Beer City Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
The last time we heard new material from D.R.I., Bill Clinton was in his first term as President, Urkel was still on television, and OJ was on trial. What a glorious time that was…
Despite maintaining an active touring schedule, Kurt Brecht, Spike Cassidy and their revolving lineup of supporting characters have been skeptical enough about the state of the music industry to avoid entering a recording studio for over two decades. But the creative itch must’ve gotten the better of them, as their new 7” EP BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! is the first new material we’ve heard from D.R.I. in over two decades. Intended as a teaser to test the waters of fan receptiveness in uncertain times, hearing this band roar to life again only makes you realize how much they’ve been missed.
The five tracks on BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! burn hot and fast in an efficient nine-minute sprint. The first time you listen to it, it’s mildly amusing. The second time, you start to think about how awesome and before their time songs like “Dead in A Ditch”, “Five Year Plan” and “Violent Pacification” were. The next spin, you’re thinking about the time you saw that guy get his nose busted during “Thrashard” when they played with Exodus and Body Count back in ’92. That was a great show.
Though less politically motivated but just as socially relevant, tracks like “Against Me” and “As Seen on TV” hit the gut with machine gun riffs and Brecht’s inimitable vocal syncopation. “Mad Man” and “Couch Slouch” are familiar cuts from waaaay back in the day, but they sound fresh, energized, and equally as relevant today as they did during the era of Reganomics.
Does the music of D.R.I. still have a place in 2016? Let’s see – a rogue, but well-funded, terrorist regime owns a good chunk of the Middle East, the UK decided to break up with the rest of the continent, only to respond “JK” via text message afterwards, and there’s a 50/50 chance that a megalomaniac Oompa Loompa will be the next President of the United States. As much as I'd rather be sleeping, it's good to know that D.R.I. is still around when we really need them.