|12 January, 2011||Posted by Erik Carlson under Uncategorized||
I’ve decided to begin adding something akin to reviews on the site. However, reviews are the wrong word as I don’t plan on wasting time writing about stuff I don’t like or, more simply, flat out hate. There is enough sites and writers willing to destroy someone’s hard work.
These updates will be sporadic and as the mood strikes. I will not force myself to say kind words, but that does not mean I plan to polish any boots with my tongue. I’d be untrue for me not to lay in some constructive criticism.
Surgeon Marta – Race to the Red
I love bands that construct a guise around them and have the nerve to follow through.
As I put together one of my episodes I found their track “Send More Cops” on Music Alley. What grabbed my immediate attention was the obvious allusion to the greatest punk rock zombie films of all time. Clearly this needed a bit of a listen.
The track was chaotic and incorporated the same watery guitar sound one would hope to find in a low budget film. The viscous and controlled drumming perfectly balanced the multitude of voices screaming lyrics and the chorus of “dig in”. Typically I’m never sure how to view bands that host a small chorus of singers, but each of the nurses’ voices are distinguishable and, at the same time, unified: Evidence of long practices or a band that has known each other for a good long time.
Finally able to move beyond the fun and energy of Send More Cops, the rest of the album incorporated’s Beat Happening-esq baritone vocal styles in the more mellow and silky Race to the Red, comedy that doesn’t overtake the tone of the album in Iggy this is Jesus, and a starting track to replace morning coffee with Don’t Say Sick (Say Evil).
As I mentioned, I love a band that takes it’s schtick seriously and with integrity. The cd came wrapped in a fantastic blood red mailer with a white cross address sticker and a prescription for enjoyment.
Good music is contagious.