For five years, Michael Dean Damron fumed about politics, railed about social issues, and preached his personal victories and defeats as the frontman and principle songwriter for Portland, Oregon’s I Can Lick Any SonofaBitch in the House.
Bad Days Ahead, his first solo album since he dissolved I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Damron is joined by Thee Loyal Bastards on a rocking set that is far more fiery than his previous solo release, the stripped down, country-toned Perfect Day for a Funeral.While Damron aimed his sermons at others for much of his former band’s catalogue, this time he turns the finger on himself, his potential for redemption (“By the Time I Get To Heaven”) and the pains of divorce (“I Swear to God”), while still adding brooding political examinations (“Hallelujah”).
With I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Damron worked to incite a political revolution; backed by Thee Loyal Bastards, that revolution is a personal one, invoked by self-examination and populated by ghosts of his past. An uneven yet forceful release, Damron’s Bad Days Ahead is a jagged romp that promises a slow-burn hangover.
Bad Days Ahead is out now on In Music We Trust.