Bash & Pop: Anything Could Happen (Fat Possum)

bashandpop-anythingcouldhappenBash & Pop
Anything Could Happen
(Fat Possum)

With a resume including The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, and countless others, Tommy Stinson has had an amazing run as a bassist, guitarist, and singer

As his first post-Replacements group, Bash & Pop always held a special place in Stinson’s heart and he felt like there was some unfinished business beyond the bands lone 1993 release ‘Friday Night Is Killing Me.’ When Axl Rose reunited Guns N’ Roses, Stinson went back to his old band Bash & Pop, gave it a little CPR and brought it back to life.

Stinson called in some favors, looked up a few friends and assembled them in the studio including Steve “Sleeve” Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Big Ass Truck); Justin “Carl” Perkins (Screeching Weasel, Obsoletes); Joe “The Kid” Sirois (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Roll The Tanks), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), and Cat Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Jesse Malin). The sessions took on a true band feel and soon Stinson and company had enough songs for a brand new Bash & Pop record, the aptly titled ‘Anything Could Happen.’

The 12-track album is full of piss and vinegar, heart and passion as Stinson leads the troops to a whole lot of fun. ‘Anything Could Happen’ is loosely recorded, mostly recorded live in the studio by a bunch of friends. Isn’t that what rock & roll is supposed to be about anyway?

The slide guitar on opening track “Not This Time” is a fine how do you do to open the record and as the band kicks in with its jangly pop rock, the tone is clearly set. Stinson’s vocals often take on the tone of a rocking hillbilly (think Georgia Satellites maybe?) and his lyrics can be brash, somewhat sarcastic, but always honest. Though he is known as an astute backing musician, Stinson is one hell of a songwriter and frontman in Bash & Pop.

The album continues with the barroom blaster “On The Rocks,” the honky tonk of “Breathing Room,” and brooding down tempo of “Can’t Be Bothered.” Bash & Pop really amp things up when they raise a middle finger to society and close out ‘Anything Could Happen’ with bad ass, no bullshit rockers “Unfuck You,” “Jesus Loves You,” and the reflective “Shortcut.”

Heavily influenced by his time in the Replacements and his other Minneapolis brethren, Stinson brings years of recording, touring, and life experiences to ‘Anything Could Happen’ making Bash & Pop’s comeback a welcomed one.