Trey Green - Trey Green (El Stormo Productions)
Comedy in rock is a delicate and not usually successful balancing act. At one extreme the content is highly intellectual and/or highly politicized, great stuff for the chin strokers amongst us, but not warm enough for the masses, Or, the artist dumbs down his material, so that it becomes the equivalent of red neck kids dissing each other in the classroom.
1st (quick glance) at the cover and we take in the 50s hair and the cool dark glasses and the working class white T, and we wonder if there will be some kid rock style rock’n’laughter coming our way.
2nd (longer look) at the cover and we see no Illiterate Sneer, no Artless Hyuck-Hyuck, rather a wry self awareness and maybe, yes maybe a smidgen or three of sensitivity.
Time to listen.
The second look proves correct, what we have is a kinder Warren Zevon without the bitterness, even when singing about what is probably one of the worst girlfriends on pop/Rock song history.
The thing is, the truly captivating thing is, Green is comfortable in the skin of the MUSIC within these song-stories, His band rocks out full and dirty but never leering or sleazy, there are more hooks per ounce than the best crafted Happy Punk missive from Green Day, just with a total lack of eyeliner angst..YAY..
To this reviewer though, the songs that slip under the soul’s Skin are the serious tales like Last Flight, a haunting missive of some war, some lost fighter pilot and his crew, an epic in 3 minutes.
The gloom doesn’t last too long though, straight after comes a song that seems to have slipped away from a Joe Walsh solo album, mad crush indeed.
There are about 11 potential singles on this 11 track disc.
What are you waiting for? Go check it out.
Bix Medard – Bix Medard (independent release)
Sometimes, the darkest place we know lies deep beneath the shiny glowing surface of our perfect pop heart.
The two cover songs in this otherwise wonderfully ‘all originals’ set are a take on the fragile tragic beauty and strength of a Josephine Baker standard, and a cute mischievous capture of a song that enigma and crazy 50s kitten Eartha Kitt brought to the worlds attention.
The drama starts straight away, barely there waves of piano, bass and a skittering scary percussion slide up against the sweet breathy vocalizing and then flute, just escaping from an ancient movie, and then,
the shadows take over.
And how those shadows dance.
These rhythms, these candleFlicker ghosts disturb and seduce, songs of fluid dangerous hours with a partner you are not quite sure of, but very much want to spend the evening with.
This danger is addictive.
Not since Keren Ann’s No-Lita have I been so quietly and completely captured.
Find out more and buy this amazing release here
Hear both these Acts on the Ever Eclectic NBT Podcast this Friday 20th March 09