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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Circus Devils
Ringworm Interiors
Rockathon Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Circus Devils is number 15 in the Fading Captain Series - an independent outlet for prolific songwriter, and Guided By Voices mastermind, Bob Pollard to release material aside from his TVT label contract. The series started in 1999, just around the time of Guided By Voices' semi-major label debut, Do the Collapse, with Pollard's third solo album (and his first released outside of Matador), Kid Marine. Since its start, the series has consistently been flowing with releases; from b-side compilations and zany side projects to... you name it

For those of you who follow Pollard, you know that he is no stranger to bizarre and off-kilter song writing. Somehow, rather gracefully, he magnetically draws the catchiness and accessibility of 60's British Invasion with the weirdness of psychedelic music and post-punk. Ringworm Interiors is, by far, the strangest of all Pollard's massive catalog. The album's music was primarily constructed by brothers Todd and Tim Tobias (the latter being the current bass player in Guided By Voices) and was then given the Pollard vocal and lyrical treatment.

Toted on the Guided By Voices web page as being "28 Lynchian musical treats to enhance your mind," the songs on Ringworm Interiors display an a affinity for noise and upside down melody - definitely as screwed up as David Lynch. In some regards, it could lend itself to some Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica comparisons, with the album's psycho babble, awkward song structures, and in/out time signatures. Pollard's inevitable catchiness does peak through from time to time, and the darkness of the music paired with his vocal stylings prove to be both captivating and fresh.

As hard as the music may be to listen to at points, Ringworm Interiors pays off in just how seamlessly diabolical and evil sounding it all is. Relish this, for it is perhaps our very first look into the thorny, oil black hole of the Guided By Voices sound; the exiled part.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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