Continuing with a relevant collection of well tempered music. We check out new singles from Outtacontroller (in Canada). Buffalo Killer brothers Andy and Zach Gabbard are back with the new album. Ben Vaughn also has a new one and so does Len Price 3 and Nick Frater. For the first time at the Lighthouse, we check out venerable bands The Flashcubes (from Syracuse) and The Spongetones (from North Carolina). Also introducing Spygenius from UK and Abronia from Portland OR.
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Sylvia Rose Novak – Stress Fracture;
Outtacontroller – Limit And A Situation;
The Len Price 3 – She Came From Out Of The Sun;
Chris Cacavas – Oh, Brain;
The Dream Syndicate – Straight Lines;
Cheap Wine – Disguise;
Nick Frater – Stuck In My Ways;
Spygenius – Son Of The Morning, Go Man Go!;
Fernando Perdomo – Keep Your Chin Up, Girl;
Mo Troper – The Blood Donor in Me;
John Doe – Destroying Angels;
The Flashcubes featuring The Spongetones – Have You Ever Been Torn Apart;
Ben Vaughn – Wayne Fontana Was Wrong;
Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders – The Game Of Love;
The Courettes – Only Happy When You’re Gone;
The Mudd Club – Surf Kansas;
The Ways and Means – Breaking Up a Dream;
The Gabbard Brothers – Hang On, Mama;
Abronia – Plant The Flag;
Nikki Sidden – Nothing Left;
Eamon McGrath – Age of Unease.
Andy and Zach Gabbard are in a hard rocking, jammy band from CincinnatiÂ called Buffalo Killers. As a band, Buffalo Killers delivered a string of five notable albums and both brothers wrote the songs. This year, Andy decided to try something on his own.
As a solo artist, Andy could expand his interests beyond the hard rock of Buffalo Killers. From love songs to a girl to a love song to his record collection, Fluff is a much more relaxing listen than any of the five he did with the band (and that’s not to say that Buffalo Killers records are a bore, au contraire).
Musically, there’s a lot of wonderful guitar solos on Fluff (Super National), great melodies (LYSM, Side B) and even an occasional Syd Barrett knockoff Octoman.
And while More sounds like the best song J Mascis never wrote, guitar riffing from the first minute of the record to the last minute record pays a wonderfully crafted homage to Nirvana. You might say, lots of bands pay an homage to Nirvana, but Andy Gabbard does it in a subtle, understated but loving fashion. I can only think of one band that did it so well: remember Monstrous from Rochester NY and their Mother Nature’s Slaves from 2006? Fluff is that good.
In contrast to its unpretentious title, Fluff stands out as the most well rounded and most thoughtful album of 2015.