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Albums Of The Week: The Hangmen | Stories To Tell

The L.A. roots-rock riffmeisters host another swinging party on their seventh LP.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Hangmen continue to charge forward with the momentum of a runaway train on their seventh studio album Stories To Tell.

Bridging the gap between The Gun Club and The Rolling Stones, Stories To Tell smashes together lead singer Bryan Small’s lurid love songs with unsparing, unsentimental blasts that shine a menacing and penetrating light into the dark and seedy corners of life.

From the melodic Midnight Riders to the haunting On The Outside, The Hangmen deliver an album with a simplicity and depth of songwriting reminiscent of Neil Young and Tom Petty.

Longtime Hangmen fan Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck, X) stepped in to produce two tracks, On The Outside and Last Time I Saw You, a tribute to Rontrose Heathman, the former Hangmen and Supersuckers guitar player who passed away in 2020. The album also includes a rousing cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Sinister Purpose.”