Your Gateway to Music and More from a Christian Perspective
Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Label: Hidden Agenda Records
Length: 11 tracks, length: 39:40
The hippest of all trips.
The band consists of Chris Colbert and Troy Daugherty with the help of Mark Emge, and Megan Morrison, as well as Frank Lenz providing some added zip with his funktified keyboards and arrangements. The mysterious and soon-to-be famous Richard Swift adds piano to one tune.
The disc starts off with the guitar heavy "Please Be Cool," while "7ths & Minors" and "Phantom Power" sound like refugees from Lenz's Hot Stuff sessions with a 70s funk feeling complete with Morrison's backing "ba-da-da-das" and "doo-doo-doo's."
The spirit of John Lennon flows in and out of "All Together Now" with its heavily repeated refrain of "We are all together..." and accompanying Beatle-esque arrangement. Meanwhile the Beach Boys show their influence in the harmonies of "For the Memory of St. Joan," even though lyrics that mention Halloween in Greenwich Village are not very Beach Boy-ish. Quite an interesting contrast.
This is a disc that will be of interest to all fans of indie pop, particularly artists like Pavement, Cush, Frank Lenz, the Lassie Foundation, Sparklehorse, and Mercury Rev.
Oh, and Duraluxe is NOTHING like a newfangled vacuum cleaner. Mainly because they don't suck.
Ken Mueller 7/10/2002