February is kind of a waste of a month. The weather is always atrocious, and it just seems like a holding place until something you're looking forward to. The best part of February is that, once it's over, we always get a new album from Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys that they recorded for the RPM Challenge (The RPM Challenge is to write, record, and release an album in the month of February.)
This year's RPM Challenge album is their fifteenth overall. THE CUTTING HORSE may be their best of those albums, but is definitely their most cohesive. As you can tell by the name of the album, song titles like "Blood in the Saddle of my Heart," and the album cover, THE CUTTING HORSE appears to be a cowboy themed album. And, yes, a Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys cowboy album is even stranger than you think it is. It's somehow done very tongue in cheek and earnestly at the same time. At times it almost sounds like they're auditioning for the Newport Folk Festival, which is something I'd love to see. Aside from the country songs, you get ones like "Maybe I'll Dream," which is a more traditional Army of Broken Toys song, but still a little folkier than the usual. "Blood and Alcohol" almost sounds like a traditional Irish folk song. "Rainbow Bridge" gets more back into the classic folk/metal/punk/baroque sounds we've come to expect from the band.
You can listen to "Blood in the Saddle of my Heart" below. You can download THE CUTTING HORSE over at Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys's Bandcamp for the name your price option. If you choose free, be sure to give them a follow at Facebook or Twitter.