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Lovely Crash CD release, Mark Chenault tribute, mallory show and more

By Mike Breen · June 20th, 2007 · Spill It
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There is an irresistible tendency deep inside music reviewers to compare women-led bands with other female musicians. In some ways it makes sense -- with vocals usually being the most prominent thing in the mix, it's hard to think of boy singers for a point of reference. And in other ways, I guess it's kind of sexist (and I know it's a cop out). I mean, I'm sure the vast majority of women rockers would say they owe as much, if not more, to, say, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles as they do Patti Smith and Debbie Harry.

So as much as I want to throw a little Fuzzbox or Go Go's reference into my thoughts about Buddha Car, the solid debut album from local foursome, Lovely Crash, I'll refrain. Buddha Car (being released by locally-based Tokyo Rose Records) has the rag-tag energy of Garage Rock, with the spike-and-sass kick of old-school Punk/New Wave and more than a little taste of pure Pop sophistication. The music isn't sloppy, but endearingly trashy, mostly relying on classic guitar/bass/drums arrangements.

But it's the band's Technicolor melodies that give Buddha Car gas. Singer/bassist Beth Cheek and singer/guitarist Jen Wesenberg have the kind of harmonic voices that sound like they were born to be put together, like the three singing Beatles (sorry, Ringo). Whether enhancing the lead vocal or building silky, sinuous textures within the backing vocals, the harmonies on the album sparkle. It doesn't hurt that they are built around some equally powerful melodies. The Crashers have those "Pop instincts" music critics always talk about in spades and they spill across the album like an explosion in a neon-colored paint factory.

The moods on the album are equally multihued. "Swamp Thing" has a feisty, come-hither-at-your-own-risk element, the band literally gets its ya-yas out on the addictive, high-kicking "Ya Ya," and "Get Out" is exactly what you think it's about and probably sounds like it, too, with a rousing, Punk Rock chorus ("Get out!").

The band has a "softer" side. "Do I" is a sweet love song -- I was waiting for a bait-and-switch punch line, but the answer to "Do I?" is "I do," and not "Aw, hell naw!" And Lovely Crash, known for their playful, fun live shows, also has a funny side. "Valentine's Day" is an instructional for men on how to shop for the holiday -- "Here what's acceptable for Valentine's Day in a three minute song: Chocolate, Flowers, Lingerie, Jewelry." Apparently, "Stuffed animals suck." Thanks for the tip, Crashers. Not only do they rock, they're educational!

Lovely Crash celebrates the release of their new CD on Saturday at Northside's Gypsy Hut with special guests Magdalena Cruz and Dave Lewis and the Lookout Boys. The band promises a "far-out Eastern theme," so break out your kimono! (myspace.com/lovelycrash)

More Local Notes
· Friends, fans and family are gathering this Sunday at the Southgate House for a memorial concert in honor of late local musician Mark Chenault. The charismatic artist -- who was in bands dating back to the '70s, from New Wave renegades Perfect Jewish Couple to '90s Funk kings SHAG -- passed away on April 21 from cancer.

All proceeds from the event go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The performers on the bill have some connection with Chenault, having either played with or shared a stage with him in some capacity (some acts are reunited just for the show). The 6 p.m. memorial is sure to be more celebratory than mournful, with performances from Dennis the Menace, the Balance Allstars, Nervous Pioneers, Wolverton Brothers, Fairmount Girls, Heavy Weather and many others.

· Following up their widely-lauded 2005 full-length, The Burden of Sin, Pain Link -- one of the finest Metal bands to come out Greater Cincinnati in the past decade -- has a new EP ready for release this weekend. The band celebrates the birth of the new disc, the four-song Uncivil Servant, Saturday at the Mad Hatter in Covington. Seven Orchids, Very Bad Things, Behead the Tyrant and NOA open the all-ages, 8 p.m. show. The band also appears on the "Metal Attack" radio show on WAIF (88.3 FM) this Friday at 3 p.m.; you can listen online at know it's a cop out). I mean, I'm sure the vast majority of women rockers would say they owe as much, if not more, to, say, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles as they do Patti Smith and Debbie Harry.

So as much as I want to throw a little Fuzzbox or Go Go's reference into my thoughts about Buddha Car, the solid debut album from local foursome, Lovely Crash, I'll refrain. Buddha Car (being released by locally-based Tokyo Rose Records) has the rag-tag energy of Garage Rock, with the spike-and-sass kick of old-school Punk/New Wave and more than a little taste of pure Pop sophistication. The music isn't sloppy, but endearingly trashy, mostly relying on classic guitar/bass/drums arrangements.

But it's the band's Technicolor melodies that give Buddha Car gas. Singer/bassist Beth Cheek and singer/guitarist Jen Wesenberg have the kind of harmonic voices that sound like they were born to be put together, like the three singing Beatles (sorry, Ringo). Whether enhancing the lead vocal or building silky, sinuous textures within the backing vocals, the harmonies on the album sparkle. It doesn't hurt that they are built around some equally powerful melodies. The Crashers have those "Pop instincts" music critics always talk about in spades and they spill across the album like an explosion in a neon-colored paint factory.

The moods on the album are equally multihued. "Swamp Thing" has a feisty, come-hither-at-your-own-risk element, the band literally gets its ya-yas out on the addictive, high-kicking "Ya Ya," and "Get Out" is exactly what you think it's about and probably sounds like it, too, with a rousing, Punk Rock chorus ("Get out!").

The band has a "softer" side. "Do I" is a sweet love song -- I was waiting for a bait-and-switch punch line, but the answer to "Do I?" is "I do," and not "Aw, hell naw!" And Lovely Crash, known for their playful, fun live shows, also has a funny side. "Valentine's Day" is an instructional for men on how to shop for the holiday -- "Here what's acceptable for Valentine's Day in a three minute song: Chocolate, Flowers, Lingerie, Jewelry." Apparently, "Stuffed animals suck." Thanks for the tip, Crashers. Not only do they rock, they're educational!

Lovely Crash celebrates the release of their new CD on Saturday at Northside's Gypsy Hut with special guests Magdalena Cruz and Dave Lewis and the Lookout Boys. The band promises a "far-out Eastern theme," so break out your kimono! (myspace.com/lovelycrash)

More Local Notes
· Friends, fans and family are gathering this Sunday at the Southgate House for a memorial concert in honor of late local musician Mark Chenault. The charismatic artist -- who was in bands dating back to the '70s, from New Wave renegades Perfect Jewish Couple to '90s Funk kings SHAG -- passed away on April 21 from cancer. All proceeds from the event go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The performers on the bill have some connection with Chenault, having either played with or shared a stage with him in some capacity (some acts are reunited just for the show). The 6 p.m. memorial is sure to be more celebratory than mournful, with performances from Dennis the Menace, the Balance Allstars, Nervous Pioneers, Wolverton Brothers, Fairmount Girls, Heavy Weather and many others.

· Following up their widely-lauded 2005 full-length, The Burden of Sin, Pain Link -- one of the finest Metal bands to come out Greater Cincinnati in the past decade -- has a new EP ready for release this weekend. The band celebrates the birth of the new disc, the four-song Uncivil Servant, Saturday at the Mad Hatter in Covington. Seven Orchids, Very Bad Things, Behead the Tyrant and NOA open the all-ages, 8 p.m. show. The band also appears on the "Metal Attack" radio show on WAIF (88.3 FM) this Friday at 3 p.m.; you can listen online at waif883.org. (painlink.net)

· Indie faves mallory are finally making their live return Friday night at the Southgate House. The band -- who were nominated for several Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and opened for bands like Interpol and Clinic before they seemingly disappeared -- says they "never stopped playing, just stopped playing out." The group's anticipated return after a three-year absence will feature new songs and old. Other bands on the bill: Buffalo Killers, The Invitational and The Sundresses. (myspace.com/mallorysounds)



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