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Derelict Brew - 2002 Amputated Feelings

Matt Rhodes - guitars, bass, vocals
Dave Horowitz - guitars, bass, vocals
Steve Milton - drums, vocals
Charles Lindner - keyboards

An interesting prelude accompanies Boston based band Derelict Brew. And that is, they are 'neither pop-happy nor rock-angry, their music is endearingly quirky art rock.' Well with that little intro, words like ersatz, off-the-wall, urban, and unprententious all come to mind. And that's not surprising when you've got the production talent of Matthew Guarnere (MDG to you and I) behind you. Derelict Brew run the gamut of musical styles - a complete pot pourri integrating David Bowie, King Crimson, Black Sabbath and Sonic Youth. give or take a few token moments of MDG inspired musical madness and you've got a platter with more twists and turns than a series of chicanes at Monza! Originally from Rochester, these guys set their musical course sailing throughout the Northeast, eventually settling in the 'Patriot City'. Still the Rochester connection is maintained with local resident Guarnere giving the band some aural injection of the sonic kind. This isn't their first effort by the way, 2001's 'Manifestoid' was according to the band's spokesperson Steve Milton, traditional prog-jam rock. Certainly sounds intriguing. Second time around they've toughened up on the riffs, kept the trademark DB vibes n grooves, and interspersed it with some unique musical ideas that knocks at the door of some of todays modern pop-meisters. Mixing rock, urban jazz elements, and overamped vocals, Derelict Brew ensure you don't get away lightly from their brand of rockin' groove.

The Songs
'Toxic Candies' kicks us off, the vocal microphones set to overload, while heavy guitar riffs clash with Ray Manzarek styled keyboard lines. 'Tfm' follows sortly after, a sort-of reprise of 'Toxic Candies'. Some cool percussion lines accompany 'Memory Skin', the snare drum being particularly effective, while the song itself grooves along in angular fashion. It then segues into a keyboard fade out called 'Kill Kill Kill', with disturbed musical imagery akin to the title. Check out the delightfully named guest vocalist Candy Skin Sweet (if you could call her that!!) at the tail-end of 'Beelzebub Blues'. The heightened groaning leaves nothing to the imagination, as she goes completely through the roof, orgasmically speaking! The lyrics are off the wall too: I spike my drinks with tears, wipe my ass with your fears!. They experiment with some weird keyboard effects on the instrumental 'Twilight Crawlers', it's as if the VCF controller on the synth is set to max! The guitars are then turned on to 'stun' for the riff-happy tune 'Lonesome Heatwave'. Quite powerful this one, complete with crashing drumwork from Milton.

In Summary
The band admit they took risks on this album, and those risks are what separates this disc from their first studio effort. I think we in the trade prefer to call it the sophomore blues! Quite a lot of promise here to be honest. Not the sort of band that would ordinarily get a look-in at G-DAZE, but the Matthew Guarnere connection was too good an invitation not to turn down. He obviously saw something in them, and so too must thousands of club patrons from Bangor Maine down to New York. Check them at your nearest club. Just make sure they leave the fireworks behind!

Track Time: 28.06

Track Listing:
01 Toxic Candies
02 TFM
03 Memory Skin
04 Kill Kill Kill
05 Beelzebub Blues
06 Twilight Crawlers
07 Lonesome Heatwave
08 Aquairium Sleepwalking
09 Vicious Ripples

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