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The Pee Wee Fist
Flying
Kimchee Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There are ways to get your album reviewed in a very timely manner. For instance, when an album with tasteful, clean artwork is presented, I generally listen to it right away. Presentation and first impressions have a way of running the entire world, not just the music industry. Likewise, there are ways to ensure that it takes a while for your record to reach the top of the queue. For instance, naming your band the Pee Wee Fist and entitling your first album "Flying" are ways to avoid an immediate response.

Fortunately for Pete Fitzpatrick, his poor decision making skills were unable to infiltrate the songwriting and recording process for his band's first production full-length. While the Pee Wee Fist may never prove to be a respectable band name, Flying is an apt title for this twelve track collection. Rarely blinking an eye between full-blooded gallop ("The Seeds of the Day") and laggard stroll ("Beauty & the Beats"), Fitzpatrick and his band mates - Michael McLaughlin, Anna Johansson, Jon Bernhardt, Andrew Plaisted, Moses Carr - employ a laundry list of lo-fi, ardent instruments (everything from guitar to accordion to theremin) to create an engulfing sound that is as much Of Montreal as it is Wilco. Comparisons to everything from Palace to Neutral Milk Hotel to Neil Young to Wolfie have been tossed at this band and, to a certain degree, they are all warranted. Tracks like "Pedicure" provide standard pop structures soaked in fuzz and anchored by vocal hooks. The ensuing "Golden Voices" is a bit obvious in its way of unraveling acoustically over samples, but is still well founded. "Mnemonic Hordes" is perhaps most indicative of the group's true talent, combining influences from their various musical pasts into a potent mixture.

As you all know, we receive countless debut records here at LAS, most of them by artists that we never hear from again, which is a good thing, for the most part. I sincerely hope that the Pee Wee Fist makes a second appearance in our review list, and I hope it is as an enjoyable listen as the first round has been.

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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