Loneliness and Strangers (Digital Butchers Records)
Reviewed by Eric Saeger
A near-firehose experience, this. Tent-revivalists of the spittle-flecked ska-spazzing with which Squeeze once ruled the earth, these New Jersey zekes take out their past schoolyard beatings on surf, emo, country and the Sixties. Intentional or not, "Freaky Fat Tuesday" is an astounding tune, Beatle-boot organ driving bouncy Elvis Costello geekology. Things get even happier - almost intolerably so - in "Pi in the Sky," which involves a heartfelt (and appropriate, God help us) "ba ba ba" chorus that makes "Penny Lane" sound like the Funeral March.
[Pick this up at www.pzoo.com.]
© 2005 - Eric Saeger