Let's Wrestle will release their sophomore album Nursing Home on CD, LP and digital download on May 17!
Download "Dear John" from Nursing Home now!
Nursing Home, the second album by Let’s Wrestle, was recorded in Chicago last year with Steve Albini. With themes that include being trapped in the suburbs and dancing boys on drugs, the band show that their fantastically offbeat view of the world is the same, they’ve just put on some darker sunglasses. Let’s Wrestle may have lost some of their naivety lyrically, but it’s certainly still there.
If you ask singer Wesley Patrick Gonzalez what the record sounds like he’ll tell you Thin Lizzy and The Cars, which to some extent is true. It certainly is heavier than its predecessor – a result, no doubt, of Albini’s engineering – but the band’s unerring ear for an infectious chorus and nagging melody displayed previously remains, as shown on breezy, tearaway numbers such as “If I Keep On Loving You” and “Bad Mamories”. Conversely, the quiet songs on the album are quite possibly the most poignant the band have recorded to date, as on the brokenhearted “I Am Useful," or the strangely affecting “For My Mother," in which Gonzalez sings, “but now she’s gone/ my mother’s sad but I’ll take care of her."
All up, Let’s Wrestle have grown up and reckon they’re heavier and depressed but are still laughing on the inside. They are still making some of the most exciting and electrifying songs around, but with the wit and noise sharpened to a knife edge, the emotion more pronounced and heart-rending. And this collection of songs is undoubtedly their finest to date.