Love Songs for the Apocalypse
The Fooligans are a four-piece alt rock band hailing from the Carrboro, North Carolina D.I.Y. music scene. Historically comprised of guitarists Ian Leinbaugh and William Taylor, bassist John Colvin and drummer Tom Dobrov (previously of The Stiffs & Oxbow), the group champions an eclectic sound, harnessing the raw, in-your-face power of punk with the mellower rhythms and grooves of southern rock. Think The Clash meets Tom Petty, or The Kinks meet The Band. Formed in the summer of 2009, they call home to such renowned Chapel Hill venues as The Cave and Local 506, where they continually tear down walls with their sonic assault between rock's visceral urgency and folk's soulful meditation. Dobrov has recently returned to California and has since been replaced by Colvin's younger brother Neal. Their first LP, "Love Songs for the Apocalypse", is a tour-de-force of rock & roll revival, each song telling a different side of the story of a true love with such bare honesty and mesmerizing hooks that even the most skeptical listener cannot help but be lured in to the album's soulful charm. The album begins with crackling, tangible energy that is felt through the shifting moods of each composition, never letting up, even as the last notes fade away in the wake of a tremendous crescendo and heart-wrenching coda. With it's wild cries for the comfort of love and candid screams of frustration with the state of humanity, surely this album will be the soundtrack for the end of the world, should it ever arrive.