Sunday Evening Whiskey Club
Fall and Break
Sunday Evening Whiskey Club’s second full length Fall and Break is another collection of well written, cleverly arranged songs. The record feels like an examination of the discrepancy between one’s vision of how life will work out and how life actually works out. With musings about getting old, religion, and of course heartbreak, this album is perfect for a rainy night, tucked in with a bottle of cheap red wine.
“You Might Find My Lady” written by bassist Paul Beaudry seems like the connecting strand between the band’s first record Andesite and this one. Referencing natural landmarks in Washington, Idaho and Montana, the track is a classic, celebrating flowers and love.
“Crush You” is a playful track about man’s relationship with nature. With plinking toy piano and tongue in cheek lyrics about humans interacting with tiny animals, the song provides an interesting critique of man’s attempt to dominate the planet.
“How Long” begins with a ringing guitar line that leads into the opening lyric -- “Down in the valley the rich kids are pouting / bomb scare closed the mall today”. The song questions our priorities as a society
and implies that those priorities may be leading to disaster.
“Everything Is True” showcases the vocals of Caitlin Sherman floating on top of a minor / major chord progression with an angular guitar lead and lyrics detailing a meandering, lysergic journey into the world of religious cult fanaticism.
“Outta My Mind” is shocking in its honesty -- that horrible moment when you realize that the person you are with is beautiful and wonderful, but somehow you are bored and still unsatisfied. We can all relate and if you can’t you are lucky.
The title track, “Fall and Break”, is both a reference to getting old (“I’m not healing”) and a nod to failed relationships. The drum sound is amazing and gives the track its power while the guitar parts provide that searching sense of wonder and uncertainty.
“Softly Touching Down” is a direct reference to the “barefoot bandit” – written while the guy was still on the loose. Caitlin Sherman on vocals and another tasty guitar line to hold the whole thing together.
At first the song “Pray” seems like a ringing endorsement of religion, but upon closer examination, it could be taken as a mocking indictment. All of life’s complicated problems can quickly and easily be solved – “all you have to do is pray”.
The spare, almost a cappella “All the Same” is heartbreaking -- desperate love given to someone who doesn’t want it. “Climb a mountain just to get to you / climb a mountain in vain / I love you but you don’t want me to / I’ll love you all the same”. Nuff said.