I BOUGHT YOU A COFFIN is the debut LP from Nashville, TN. based post-punk trio EFFORTS. IT WAS RECORDED/ MIXED/ MASTERED AT SELF HELP INT. STUDIOS IN NASHVILLE TN. OVER THE COURSE OF 3 HARROWING YEARS.
it is 16 sad songs in 34 angry minutes: a collection of interconnected pop-driven grunge songs, where each new track forces the genre of the album to swing sonically from familiar tones to unexpected surprises.
Both a midlife crisis and self-effacing cry for help, IBYAC is presented as two acts of a play (with a tone-shifting, experimental interlude to set both sides of the album apart. Each act remains separate, but connected, something the band says they spent “too much time on”, choosing to marry songs together both through sound design and “pages of faux-cult charts and symbols”.
Act One was sees the band at their most commercial, songs like May You Absorb All Evil (track 2) is about as pop-punk as one could imagine, while Ash to Dust (track 3) sounds like someone wrote a country song in a haunted house. Still, standout single Vera (track 7) has all the hallmarks and merits of top 40 radio. these hook-friendly songs are also surrounded by bits of more experimental craft—the sort of ideas a band starts to include on a third or even fifth album (the result of a lengthy and problem-plagued recording process).
Act Two starts with another trio of grunge friendly pop songs, each more ready for radio than the last—including Mad-at-Dad anthem 6 Pack, Nice Abs(tinence)! (track 09), Billboard ready It’s Only February (track 10) and classic album staple: “the song that should have been a single” Die Right Here (track 11)—each of these proving why the band has been compared as much to a Charlie Brown Christmas Special as they have Dinosaur Jr.
Act Two also brings the listener to standout track Pick Up Your Tinsel (track 12) a lo-fi indie rock holiday anthem that perhaps showcases the band at their best: thoughtful, purposeful songwriting with clever ideas and simple lyrics.