Moving In Stereo
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Moving In Stereo: Volume 7
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

While the last edition of Moving In Stereo involved more breakups than make-ups, this one is far more optimistic and awaiting of what’s to come.  Although the weeks since Volume 6 have included a lot of time spent in front of a computer, there were quite a few interesting performances caught by yours truly in that time.  Unfortunately due to a pre-determined word limit, some of these newsworthy happenings will likely have to wait to be described until Volume 8.
…From The Island

Two years since the cleverly-titled Dying In Stereo, Northern State has a full-length release readied for mass consumption.  Titled All City, the disc will feature cameos from Har Mar Superstar and ?uestlove, in addition to production from Pete Rock and Cypress Hill’s Muggs.  Despite said collaborators, an old-school sound should still be expected…A five-piece band picking up a lot of industry steam is The Never Enders.  Of the heavier-yet-melodic kind (i.e. Poison The Well, Refused, The Used), this quintet includes Kimberly Blair producer Tomas Costanza on bass duties…In addition to earning some airplay on WBAB, The Repercussions turned some heads as semi-finalists in Little Steven’s Underground Garage Battle Of The Bands.  Their latest disc, the ESCHE-released Don’t Fear, is said to be some essential listening…Ready Twilight – recent collaborators with the aforementioned Never Enders bassist – will be seeing some international exposure within the next year.  The summer of 2004 saw the young travel out to Los Angeles to record the theme song of The Life & Times Of Juniper Lee with Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police.  Expect the series to premiere in February 2005 on The Cartoon Network.

…From The Stage
Friday matinees aren’t generally successful bookings on suburban Long Island, but a unique and exciting show happened with Hello Sir Records co-founders We Vs. The Shark and Cinemechanica.  Following an opening set from the eccentric, crowd-moving, They Might Be Giants-inspired one-man band that is Dan Deacon, Cinemechanica played complex, fast-paced music that often bordered on math-rock and post-hardcore; my jaw often dropped when watching the dueling-lead guitarists keep up with the rhythm section.  Equally as impressive as musicians were We Vs. The Shark, who frequently switched genres, time signatures and lead vocalists -- influence from The Minutemen was apparent despite a truly-original sound.  Unfortunately, time limits kept these two naturally-energetic, Athens, Georgia-based quartets from playing full-length sets…Judas Priest may be considered a punchline in some music circles, but recycled banter aside, their performance on the Jones Beach stop of Ozzfest was nothing to laugh about.  Sticking with the classic Priest that dominated setlists in the 1980’s, nearly every song done for the near-capacity audience (who stood there in the midst of thunder, lightning and rain) should’ve been recognizable to any casual metal listener.  On-stage effects and props were kept to a minimum – aside from the expected (and well-received) mid-show appearance of the infamous motorcycle – but the note-perfect belting of Rob Halford helped to keep your mind off such.  While most reunion tours are obvious cash-in attempts, this was truly a band in top-form…I consider myself fortunate that my schedule and bank account both afforded me the chance to catch this year’s Summerfest, even if only two days of festival action were caught.  Showing the quality of bookings over the span of the annual Milwaukee festival, The Response and The Obsoletes played impressive sets simultaneously on opposite sides of the grounds.  Giving the crowd a spirited Hot Rod Circuit cover in the midst of powerful tunes like “Until Then…” and “Becky Slater For President,” the three guitar-wielding members of The Response took full advantage of their cordless instruments with incredible stage presence.  Less humor-oriented and more “about the music,” The Obsoletes served as the perfect opening act for The Old 97’s.  Consisting of former members of Yesterday’s Kids and The Benjamins, a void of alt-country had been filled by this power-trio, who have undeniable anthems in “The Town That You Grew Up In,” “The Other Side Of America” and “Down To Milwaukee,” which are all on Is This Progress?, a previous Moving In Stereo recommendation.  Even if two-thirds of the lineup is from Appleton, talk about a band with hometown pride!

…From The Stereo
A standout band that’s picked up activity after a brief hiatus, The Plus Ones have an interesting album in the forthcoming Oh Me Of Little Faith.  Expanding on the one-sided sound of It’s A Calling – which included “All The Boys,” as prominently featured on The O.C. -- a lot of pop-rock variety is to be expected from Oh Me; some of which thanks to the vocal interplay between bassist/songwriter Joel Reader and new guitarist (and Jersey native) Alexis Melnicki.  In the meantime, updates and song samples from the Bay Area crew can be found on My SpaceAction Action features former members of The Reunion Show, Count The Stars and Diffuser yet doesn’t sound much like any of those acts.  Don’t Cut Your Fashion To This Year’s Fashion, which carries a September release date on Victory Records, is a collection of songs that alternate between dark, synth-driven dance-rock and cynical punk-pop.  To these ears, unforgettable tracks are “Instruction,” “Postal Cure” and first single “Drug Like”…Nikola Sarcevic is best known as the voice of Sweden’s Millencolin but Lock-Sport-Krock may not appeal to the same audience as Pennybridge Pioneers or Battery Check.  With a melancholy folk-rock vibe, Sarcevic forgoes puns and calls for unity in place of sincerity, heartache and saddened reflection.  Mostly acoustic and nearly percussion-free, this could be what early fans of Dashboard Confessional had been craving a few years back.

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence for Darren should be sent to ASellOut@aol.com.

Copyright 2004 – Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz.  All right reserved.

Monday, July 05, 2004
Moving In Stereo: Volume 6
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

I'll now go ahead and state the obvious: We're now six months into the existence of Moving In Stereo. The near-future will see further self-syndication, but for now there's a lot to be pleased with. As always, I encourage you to pass along news for inclusion in future editions as my contact info is down below.

...From The Island
2004 has seen a lot of newsworthy breakups on Long Island, and this column aims to find the good in such. For example, Satellite Lost will soon be playing its last show alongside Dearly Departed and Aeschylus, but a final CD is in the works with With Every Idle Hour's Sean Hanney...Speaking of WEIH, bassist Lou Fontana will no longer have to split time between that four-piece and On The Might Of Princes as the latter quartet have called it quits. Word is that a new band will arise with three-fourths of the OTMOP lineup...Derrick Sherman, former guitarist of The Reunion Show and a world-touring tech with Brand New and The All-American Rejects, will be record demos with his new band, Modern Modern, before the end of summer. These Enzymes, which features Sherman in metalcore-form alongside three Oklahomans (two of them from the Rejects) and vocalist Neil Rubenstein, will soon be putting out an EP on Doghouse Records, as recorded with Matt Squire...The D.C.-based Squire will also be doing work with Lux Courageous, who picked up Justin Williams from the aforementioned Satellite Lost and inked a record deal with Triple Crown Records, which launched Brand New -- a small world indeed.

...From The Screen
Cheap Trick is currently on-tour with Aerosmith, which keeps them in front of a packed arena nightly, but even non-devout fans ought to be happy with From Tokyo To You. Filmed on a recent Japanese tour, this DVD marks the 25th anniversary of the original At Budokan album. This sometimes-humorous release contains 16 full songs in concert, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews all in Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Stereo...More lo-fi than Tokyo is Live In Anaheim from The Supersuckers. Available through Music Video Distributors, Live combines a 17-song rock show with off-stage goofing around and part of an Eddie Spaghetti acoustic in-store. The guys might not be "the greatest rock n' roll band ever," as they've long claimed, but most acts could learn a lot about showmanship from watching this...Rather frightening is a Mark Burnett-created reality show slated to air in 2005. The premise of the show, simply put, is the search for the new lead singer of Australia's INXS. As far as post-prime rockers go, I think a more ideal subject for a CBS show would be David Lee Roth, who is currently New York-based and has (temporarily?) left music to be a paramedic. Maybe we can get a petition going?

...From The Stereo
It's Been Business Doing Pleasure With You, the five-song EP from Classic Case, has been in my CD player a lot lately. Featuring former members of Glassjaw and Sound Of Speed, Classic Case's sounds can be aggressive and heavy in one verse and laid-back and soothing soon after. No matter the dynamics, however, the music is always melodic; "Down And Out" would be a great starting point for someone not yet familiar...Steve Burns is best known for being "the guy" on Blue's Clues, but his Songs For Dustmites album is both interesting and creative. Helmed with the help of members of The Flaming Lips, it isn't surprising that Burns has helmed an eccentric debut disc. There isn't a "hit single" amongst the 12 tracks on Dustmites, yet those looking for some relaxing and airy sounds ought to be pleased...I wasn't fortunate enough to catch any of Tarka's recent shows in New York City, but the success of the "Bimbo In The Limo" single -- as praised by NME -- will hopefully bring him back to the States soon. Said to be an adopted son of Keith Richards, the U.K. singer/songwriter also has some sincere, aurally-pleasing numbers in "Give Me" and "Shelter You."

...From The Stage
Ska is nowhere near my forte or preferred genre of listening, but an interesting all-ska show happened on a Monday at The Downtown. Following a strong set from I Voted For Kodos, California's Suburban Legends performed one of the most energetic sets I have ever seen. While their sound is comparable to Reel Big Fish and The Aquabats, the band's one-of-a-kind live show features full-scale choreography that puts Earth, Wind & Fire to shame. Keeping you both entertained and amused, it's no wonder that this group was a house band at Disney Land last year. Headliners The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches didn't have dance routines to die for, although its all-request set was captivating. Picking songs out of a hat, as submitted by audience members, many long-forgotten selections were played. Look for ASOB to be playing select dates on this year's Warped Tour...Both receiving impressive receptions for opening acts on a reunion tour, Minus The Bear and Murder By Death seemed to have converted a lot of new listeners at The Bowery Ballroom. However, the audience's response to Braid was unlike any I've experienced from a band that never had a mainstream hit. Playing fan favorites and compilation rarities side by side, the only notable omission of the night was "Lucky To Be Alive." Guitarist/vocalist Chris Broach was in fine-form for the evening with tensions between he and his three bandmates -- that have since gone on to form Hey Mercedes -- seeming nonexistent. Unfortunately this reunion is only going to be a temporary as it will be ending before summer's end, but maybe those of you handling the petition for David Lee Roth's reality series would be up for double-duty?

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence for Darren should be sent to ASellOut@aol.com.

Copyright 2004 -- Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz. All right reserved.

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