by Robert Bell
After the band called it a day back in '06, co-frontman Chuck Ragan struck out on his own, pursuing a more roots-oriented, acoustic direction, country even. He'd hinted at this previously with a couple EPs from Hot Water Music side project Rumbleseat.
Here in 2011, Ragan has just released "Covering Ground." In keeping with his recent output, this album has much more in common with Springsteen than Fugazi. Ragan's gravelly howl is probably even more effective in this mostly acoustic context than it was in his old band. Ragan's songs aren't as loud as they were a decade ago but they're every bit as intense.