250 Word Album Review: Presidents of the United States of America – Get Back In The Van

The Presidents of the Untied States of America - Get Back In The Van EP

The Presidents of the Untied States of America - Get Back In The Van EP gets 3.5

This free downloadable EP from one of the most fun bands of all time is a nice addition to your iTunes library. It is all previously released songs recorded as a live album. It is split into a 5 song acoustic set and a 4 song electric set and they are equally fun.

The acoustic side has a take on their anthems “Dune Buggy” and “Peaches” while the electric side takes on “Lump” among others. The true treasures though are when they play their lesser-known songs. The acoustic take on the late career (and therefor largely unknown) song “Jennifer’s Jacket” hits the bullseye and represents what the band is all about. The biggest gem here is the guys’ take on “Back Porch” where singer Chris Ballew wanders into a ramble about the bugs jamming out under the floorboards of the porch and his subsequent suicide just so he can jam with them. The finale of the set ends up being a full-fledged rocking version of the fan favorite “Kitty” off the group’s first album from 1995.

If you don’t like the playful different versions of these songs chances are you weren’t much of a Prestidents of the United States of America fan anyway. The group seems to be squeezing every bit of fun out of these songs they can get and they are doing a great job of keeping them from getting boring.

Key Tracks: “Back Porch” “Jennifer’s Jacket”

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