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Tony Sly

Sad Bear

(No Use For A Name)

Fat Wreck Chords 770

Released on October 11, 2011



TONY SLY continues to illustrate his songwriting prowess with the release of his second full-length solo album, Sad Bear. Tony’s somewhat recent foray into recording as a solo artist has proven to be every bit as fruitful as his 20+ years fronting the legendary punk band No Use For A Name. On his own, Tony trades in the signature electric guitars and aggressive rhythms of NUFAN for a more subdued approach, featuring acoustic instruments and highlighted by his captivating melodies. Sad Bear notes a strong progression from Tony’s first solo outing with an increased emphasis on varied instrumentation that, while robust, somehow delicately plays off Tony’s soothing vocals. As a master of transcribing personal experiences and bemusements into transcendent verse, it follows that the lyrical content of Sad Bear is nothing short of poetic. The songs range from folk to pop, with many genre defying moments in between, but are all sewn together seamlessly with the common thread of innovative and dexterous craftsmanship. Sad Bear serves as a prism that reflects the spectrum of Tony’s songwriting influences including such varied artists as The Beatles, Iron and Wine, Coner Oberst, and Elliot Smith. To further develop the aural layers of the album, Tony utilizes the vocal capabilities of Karina Deniké (Dance Hall Crashers) and Joey Cape (Lagwagon) to complement his own. As a whole, the intriguing and unforgettable songs on Sad Bear are a triumphant next step in TONY SLY’s burgeoning solo career.

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# Song Name Popularity
1 Dark Corner Voted #2  17%
2 Devonshire And Crown Voted #3  11%
3 Discomfort Inn  11%
4 Hey God Voted #1  33%
5 Therapy  0%
6 Burgies, Basics And You  6%
7 In The End  0%
8 Frances Stewart  0%
9 Homecoming  11%
10 The Monster  0%
11 Flying South  11%
12 San Mateo Fog Line  0%
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Chris from Salt Lake City, UT 
Oct 12 2011 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Let me start off by saying that i love the songs on this album. Let me also say that getting NUFAN together for a new album probably isn't the easiest thing to do and that it's probably more financially beneficial for Tony Sly to do all this stuff solo. All of which i have no problem with. But i cannot help but hear these songs and think to myself, "Damn, if these songs were turned into a new No Use album, it might be the best No Use album ever released." And that's the real bummer. It's very unfortunate that Tony Sly and NUFAN are arguably the greatest pop-punk band out there who paved the way for so many shit bands who are making bank on it all today. I don't know how the song writing process for NUFAN goes down but i've got to image it started out with Tony writing songs acoustically this way, and turning them into what has always been a fantastic punk record. There is so much heart in this and no phoning it in.

So yes, i really would love to hear what these songs would sound like turned into a No Use For A Name record. But aside from all that, Tony Sly is an amazing song-writer with an amazing voice. Highly under-appreciated now-a-days and at very least should be getting paid top dollar to write songs for some of these other chumps getting away with the crap they're putting out.

If you enjoy No Use, Pop-Punk or heart felt singer/song writer, then you really should buy this. Fat Mike sells all the records he puts out for dirt-cheap in this industry run by dirt bags. And what you're going to get here is an album of heart-felt, amazing songs. Support Tony. Support Fat. Support anything NUFAN does. It's 9 bucks ya cheap shit. Make this album go platinum

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