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Listen to Strung Out’s cover of “Soulmate”

With Fat Wreck’s A Tribute To Tony Sly, the label has given fans a chance to hear many different interpretations of Sly’s work by many of his close friends and contemporaries. It’s a great cause and a way for fans to remember some of the great songs Sly wrote through his years as frontman for No Use For a Name.

To help spread the word of  the release, Strung Out’s rather magnificent cover of No Use For A Name’s “Soulmate” is now online for you hear.

Has anything ever sounded so glorious?

No one does melodic urgency as good as Strung Out and with “Soulmate” being right up their (velvet) alley, this cover is a perfect amalgamation of the great qualities that both bands possess/possessed.

A Tribute To Tony Sly is available starting today via Fat Wreck and proceeds from the release will go to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.

If you were ever a fan of No Use For a Name, buy the record as the digital download is only $10.

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Invincible: Rest In Peace Tony Sly

How does one find the right words? For someone who admired and respected Tony Sly from a distance, the day has been part coming to terms of what has happened and part sheer disbelief. Almost two decades since I first came across No Use For A Name, the music Sly and his bandmates wrote still resonate greatly, and a small part of myself just wanted to do what I’m sure he had done for so long; write down and express the many things that brewed beneath the surface.

Leche Con Carne and their spot on Survival Of The Fattest were my introduction to the band and I was immediately taken aback by songs like “Soulmate” and “Justified Black Eye”, music that could be both urgent and accessible. Their music was and is a perfect blend of aggression and unrelenting melody. It’s my kind of tune.

I can’t profess to know much about him, but from his music I know that he had a daughter, liked Irish music and that he made many friends on the tour circuit. The latter easy to see with so many of his contemporaries expressing their sadness today, and it’s a pretty definitive list of bands I grew up with, loved and listened: The Bouncing Souls, Less than Jake, Face to Face, Strung Out, Bad Religion, The Ataris.

I saw No Use For a Name live twice. Once back in 99/00 at Slim’s in San Francisco when they opened for NOFX, and the second at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on their Keep Them Confused tour. Both shows were energized by Tony’s enthusiasm; no matter how long it seemed he’d been touring. And I for one, am happy I got to see some of my favorite songs performed from the best place possible; from the pit.

No one would ever call me a musician (one of the bands I was in back in the day covered “Straight From The Jacket” if that means anything) so I guess this is just from a fan. I never got to meet Tony, and I can’t imagine what his family and close friends are dealing with at the moment. But for someone who grew up on the other side of the planet, his music traveled across oceans and through borders and changed the life of some kid he never met. I don’t know why he died and I don’t really want to know, but I wanted to say thanks.

“Somebody get me off this lonely sad parade.
The differences a hundred miles, but a couple months away.
I’m saying hello just to say goodbye.”