Life in Hawaii through the perspective of the plate lunch. The Plate Lunch as served by Honolulu Mark is a mixed plate metaphor for the way people, their stories and their food, come together on one plate to make Hawaii paradise. Honolulu Mark has returned home to his Hawaii roots but eats, shoots and leaves extend to my second home, Seattle.
The first few seconds of the Thermals' new album tells you every thing you need to know with just one muffled, distant sound: a church organ. You might expect the conciseness, but not the cleverness of such a move from singer/guitarist Hutch Harris, who continually flogs his band's music with phrases like "three chords," "two minutes," and "punk rock." Still, the band has made enough baby steps that this album, their third overall, is a true accomplishment. Harris' lyrics flaunt paranoia over our country's potentially Christian-fueled fascist future, while somehow maintaining his impish sense of humor throughout.