Furnaceface And The Days Are Short Again...

About ten years ago, Furnaceface began to stomp all over the country, making a name for themselves with in-your-face punk posturing and flamboyant stage attire. You might be surprised that they are back with their fifth proper album, And The Days Are Short Again..., which is an obvious shift from their past works. Known for college anthems like "Nobody To Vote For," "The Ballad of Richard Iommi" and "If You Love Her (Would You Buy Her A Gun?)," And The Days... is certainly the tamest offering they've released to date. Traces of the "old" Furnaceface can be heard on the opening track, as well as on "Victory," but things simmer down after that, with the exception of a few louder points. This new, mature Furnaceface even dares to bring out a bouncy clarinet on the closer, "Too Many Nuts." Certainly different than I expected, but an album with some fine standouts all the same. (Upright)