Open with a contagious chant that sticks in your head all day, slow things down a bit, arc through blistering punk drums and riffs, end with a charming ballad and a much loved cover, and you’ve got yourself a truly outstanding record. Triple Stitch frontman Jimmy Riot strings together lyrics that speak to both the heartbroken sinner and those saved by grace alike on top of the crunchiest guitar tone this side of heaven.
Triple Stitch more than lives up to the success of its debut album, This Is Rebellion, with this five-song EP, Your Love Will Be the Death of All Rock ‘n’ Roll. The four new original tracks boast the same catchy-yet-relevant songwriting we’ve come to expect from the pop/rock/punk trio, along with the driving beats reminiscent of punk’s heyday.
The exciting but limited guitar solos seem to always leave you wanting more, but it is quickly overshadowed by the desire to sing along with Riot’s infectious and thought-provoking choruses. Great contrasts between the anthems “Fight the System” and the title track, and the ballads, “I Saw One Hanging on a Tree” and “Ballad for a Fallen Soldier” give the record a lot of replay value. A Johnny Cash cover will score major points in anyone’s book, but the group’s rendition of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” took a few too many melodic liberties to be fully appreciated.
Overall, the EP has a heartfelt message and exceptional musicianship that will surely deepen the desire to keep tabs on these noble Minnesotan rockers.