Album Reviews: The Brutes, Samwell Rowan, and Mark Mallman
THE BRUTES – Self Titled EP
The Brutes self titled EP is a frantic foray into Rock-Pop ala The Killers, Blur and Costello. Stand out singer as well as guitarist Gregg Garvey balances poetic, brooding lines with playful hooks and crunchy, catchy riffs. Bass, drums and guitars: 3.89 out of 5 stars. The EP sounds like what Pop Rocks feel like in your mouth- edgy and fizzy. College radio programmers: add #1 to your play list or I’ll show up to your office and sock you in the face.
Stand Out Tracks: #1 (The Science Works For Us); #6 (Attention To Me).
Upcoming Live Dates and Info: Friday, October 2nd on Drinking With Ian in the First Avenue Main Room; www.myspace.com/thebrutesband
“This Science Works For Us” by: The Brutes
SAMWELL ROWAN – The Closing Procedure
Lush atmospherics swirl and materialize as cinematic soundtracks on this instrumental record where Rowan reminds us bass isn’t just one of four items used to create run-of-the-mill Rock-N-Roll. Shades of Sylvian, The Cocteau Twins and Eric Serra swirl in the late afternoon sun of this highly imaginative album. Only criticism: more vocals- even if only ambient- on the next one please? In the meantime, move to Hollywood and help score Diablo Cody films because she desperately needs your help!
Stand Out Tracks: #3 (You Got Stepped On); #11 (By The Money Tree), #13 (The Closing Procedure).
Upcoming Live Dates and Info: The Turf Club (October 27th) or Memory Lanes (November 7th); www.myspace.com/samwellrowan
MARK MALLMAN – Invincible Criminal
I’m sure Mallman’s heard this a million times, but if 1970’s Billy Joel and Paul McCartney jumped through SG-1 to find themselves in early 21st Century New York as late 20-somethings, you’d have Invincible Criminal. Mike Geronsin- who played bass and various guitars on this album- should be resoundingly proud of his work, which is some of his most stellar to date. Producer Brad Cassetto is at his best as well.
Stand Out Tracks: #2 (You’re Never Alone in New York); #7 (Light The Dynamite And Run); #11 (If We Only Kept Getting Young).
Upcoming Live Dates and Info: www.myspace.com/markmallman
NEW BANDS NOTE: if you would like your album reviewed swiftly, enclose a Coty or L’Oreal lipstick in British Red. Better yet, send a giftcard of some sort. Bribery works wonders, but doesn’t guarantee that I won’t rip you to shreds if you suck.