Riverboat Gamblers - Something To Crow About (20th Anniversary)
ATX power punk 5-piece The Riverboat Gamblers announce the vinyl reissue of their breakout 2003 album Something To Crow About. This pressing (courtesy of Cobraside) celebrates the much-beloved album’s 20-year anniversary with its first pressing since its initial release.
In the two decades that have passed since that release, Something To Crow About remains a keystone part of the Gamblers live set, but the album got snared in one of those inscrutable music industry contract snafus and has been a glaring omission from the band’s merch table up until now.
While Something To Crow About was just the group’s second album, it was their last to be released with no sense of external expectations. The primal punk and raw rock n roll energy encased within would come to define the Gambler’s sound for their career to this point.
Reflecting on the album, songwriter and singer Fadi El-Assad notes, “ I was undeniably invested in this record and had the high hopes of perfection that only youth can offer. It isn’t perfect. It isn’t even close. It is riddled with flubs, pockmarks, and last minute changes. The only perfection found in it is the mirror reflection of a young, pockmarked, and unprofessional band. It was frantic, frustrating, joyful, and chaotic. I felt alive hearing the messy grit of the final mix. And I love every beat of it.”