Eat Sugarâ€™s self-titled debut EP was a strong introduction, garnering the band attention from the international press. But, at just four songs long, it provided only a glimpse of what the band is capable of. Thereâ€™s still a strong New Wave vibe to Itâ€™s Not Our Responsibility!, with buzzing vintage synth sounds and danceable, jerking rhythms. But the bandâ€™s growth as composers is blaringly evident, resulting in a sound somewhere between LCD Soundsystem and The Faint. The Pop element is just as strong (if not stronger) on the new EP â€” singer Aidan Bogosian delivers hook after hook with one of the best voices on the local scene. Those suave, soulful vocals plus Bogosianâ€™s model-ready good looks and commanding stage presence make him a genuine Rock Star in the making.
Producer John Schmersal, the guitarist for late Dayton band Brainiac and currently leader of Brooklynâ€™s Enon, is the perfect match for Eat Sugar. His work on Itâ€™s Not Our Responsibility! brings out the more subtle Electro experimental quirks in the mix (thereâ€™s even some Art Rock horns here and there), which makes the songs even more interesting
Eat Sugar plays a free CD release show this Friday at the Northside Tavern with special guests The Sleeps and Okay Lindon. See â€™em now so you can say you saw them when. (eatsugarmusic.com)
Veteran singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei and his band The Tempers celebrate the release of their new CD, Mauled, this Saturday at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout. The show will feature an opening set by local Surf Rock band Donâ€™t Fear the Reverb.
Before The Tempers, Mattei was known for solo acoustic gigs (which he still performs on occasion) and minimalist (often just acoustic guitar and vocals) CD releases that showcase his deft songwriting talents. But Mattei sounds like a new man with The Tempers, developing a catchy Garage Pop style that at times recalls AM radio hits from the â€™60s. The band itself is aces, with Bill Grapes and Mike Grimm, formerly of Garage greats The Mortals, supplying bass and drums, and Rick Howell offering agile harmonica.
The cleverly-titled Mauled is the full-band version of Matteiâ€™s acoustic project, Kenwood Towne Center, which featured songs named after stores located in the area mall (this new version includes three songs not on the original project). The production and arrangements of the songs are fantastic, giving the album a real diversity, moving from stirring piano balladry (â€śWhite House/Black Marketâ€ť) to newer-Dylan Roots Rock (â€śChicoâ€™sâ€ť) to Euro street Folk (â€śAeropostaleâ€ť) to hooky, vintage-styled Pop Rock (â€śLetâ€™s Go Straight,â€ť â€śCrabtree & Evelynâ€ť). Even the less â€śfilled out,â€ť more minimal tracks are laced with majestic additives like lush strings, piano tinkles and Howellâ€™s tasty harmonica licks.
The mall â€śtheme,â€ť thankfully, is mostly limited to the song titles â€” this isnâ€™t a concept album about working the hot-pretzel stand. As usual with Mattei, the songwriting is top-notch, deep and poetic and full of concise, erudite character studies and stories. But with The Tempersâ€™ assistance, Matteiâ€™s delivery has become more animated and varied. (myspace.com/mauricematteithetempers)
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