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9/10 dreadful_crows Customer review, 18th April 2014
Originally released in 1991, this was the first release by Drive Like Jehu following the break up of Rick Froberg and John Reiss's first band Pitchfork. The duo went on to score a major label deal (with DLJ), record a second album and take a Bullet Train to Vegas, score chart hits with Rocket From The Crypt (Reiss only), quit DLJ and form Hot Snakes with some storming drummers of our time (Mario Rubalcaba and Jason Kourkounis), lose some weight (Reiss only), start a record label (SWAMI), move to New York (Froberg only), do some illustration (Forberg only), form Obits and sign to Sub Pop (Forberg only), reunite as Hot Snakes and RFTC for touring and make some cash (hopefully). For me though, this record and the follow up (Yank Crime) are symbolic of everything good in their expansive careers to date. I saw them once at the Duchess of York in Leeds. There may have been a 100 people there - I still rate it as one of my favourite live band experiences ever. Listening again (must be 10 years since the last spin) you can hear bits of post hardcore in this (a loose term that used to run alongside math rock ... perhaps more relevant). There's the trademark angst in Froberg's vocals, theres a precision in Reiss's guitar that is possibly more complex that the acts that followed. The rhythm section (Mark Trombino (producer for countless pop punk acts) and Mike Kennedy (left music for chemistry apparently)) stands firm. For newcomers ... probably Yank Crime edges it as a first listen but well worth a listen. For oldcomers ... one to revisit.
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