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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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Saso
My Brain Hurts
Melted Snow Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
You know, this is a little bit frustrating. I've been fond of Saso since the get-go, and my interest was piqued when the package from the mysterious Irish iceberg band popped out of the post box... but rather than a new album, I was greeted with what is essentially a 2-song single. There are four tracks in all, but two of them are versions (original and curtailed-for-radio) of "My Brain Hurts" with the eerie organ out-tro tacked on to the end of the closing track.

The two new tracks don't really stray from the Saso formula, and although that is fine by me it is a little frustrating. "Turn Your Back" is a somewhat more bright than the usual Saso fare, but the cleanly picked guitar is counter-balanced by Jim Lawler's pained/hushed vocals. The guitar eventually wins out in the battle, which intensifies in the song's climax at three minutes in, but the celebration is cut short- just as the brushes really begin to negotiate the snare and cymbals the levels fade out, flicker and then cut off completely. "Beer Monster" follows with its clever title and stark depiction of Saso's more melancholy side, vocal-less and macabre, sparse yet full of prolificacy. It's short and to the point, but it doesn't really fit in as a bonus track on a CD single from a previously released album.

I'm still digging on this Saso thing, with its mystery, but I sure wish they'd have followed up Big Group Hug with a full-length or at least a proper EP. My Brain Hurts doesn't do much to clarify the band's fuzzy position between The Potomac Accord and The Microphones. The single does come with a beautifully printed full-color booklet, but the bulk of the content is transcripts of appreciative emails from magazines, bands and fans of Saso. A bit of wankery, even if my own text does make a brief appearance.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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