Hans Gruber & the Die Hards

2 (Paper + Plastick)

Fall Platters

Behind 2017's self-titled debut, Hans Gruber & the Die Hards – spastic vocalist TJ Robinson, drummer Chris Thompson, bassist/trombonist Kurt Armstrong, guitarist/trumpeter/keyboardist Hans Emanuelson, and tenor saxophonist/co-vocalist Rosey Armstrong – bridged the chasms between hardcore, punk, pop, and ska. With the second in what will apparently be a numerical series of full-lengths, these skacore wiseguys faithfully cover Lord Kitchener's calypso classic "Jump in the Line" until the Ritalin kicks in and they blitzkrieg it. They also imagine an alternate Antiques Roadshow theme song ("Tune in to the Antiques Roadshow") that might give anyone involved in the PBS perennial a coronary. They also fold in spy film guitar ("The Ballad of Burro the Man"), and even ponder a premium cable hero ("Real Life Walter White") over what sounds like a Dead Kennedys outtake. Tap into the funniest, most inventive of young local punk outfits.

***.5


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Hans Gruber & the Die Hards
Texas Platters
Hans Gruber & the Die Hards
Hans Gruber & the Die Hards (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, April 13, 2018

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
The Zoltars
Telling Stories (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Dec. 13, 2019

Texas Platters
Spray Paint
Into the Country (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 13, 2019

More by Tim Stegall
Books, Box Sets & Reviews
Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition (Record Review)

Dec. 6, 2019

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll
The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll

Dec. 6, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Hans Gruber & the Die Hards

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle