When the Belt Changes Hands
Sticks Downey's debut album is a chewed-up turnbuckle with the tension-adjusting bolts exposed; a perfect place to get your head cracked wide open. These are songs about wrestling, baseball before the strike of 1994, high-stakes gambling, tattered band t-shirts, iced black coffee at two in the morning, Metal Mania marathons, foreign objects, game show hosts, local landmarks, Nike sneakers from 1989, and being better than you at things. Wockenfuss makes the beats and raps the raps. Foots sings the hooks. Talik plays the bass. You take a boot to the neck when you're outside the ring with your face pressed against the cold concrete of the gymnasium floor.