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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Who believes in rock and roll? Obviously you must partially believe or you would not be here, reading this. The and/ors believe in rock and roll. They play rock and roll. Do I believe in rock and roll? Maybe. This band is a good example. Each week I judge somebody else's hard work in a couple of hours, mostly saying: "No good. Next." Sure I have found some gems, but mostly I am quite consistently rude. Perhaps I don't believe in rock and roll. Has anybody ever bothered to push the button at the bottom and call me an asshole that does not believe in rock and roll? No.

So what about this band? Whatever you believe about rock and roll, you must agree with me about one thing. This band has a terrible name. God awful. Should I be so rude? Yes. Who cares. They play rock and roll. They scorch through quite a few numbers. Used to be a man like me would hear a band and like 'em or not like 'em, but it's getting harder to decide. I mean this band has some sucky songs to go along with the scorchers and this confuses me. How about the fifth one? It is called "timespacechanger". Just noisy crap. I don't know why they put it on this album. Maybe someday I'll get the chance to meet them. I'll ask "Why did you put that totally sucky song on your album?" and they'll say that I can go do something to myself. Otherwise I find this album more and more appealing. What should I say. There are guitars. There is a bass. There is a drummer. He beats. It is as close to straight up rock and roll as I have heard in a long, long time.

Arabella Makalani, Daniel Black, Lane Miller, and Chris Wassel are probably playing somewhere near you. They sound like they might be a good live band. This is pretty tough to tell sometimes. Maybe, but I will make a guess and that guess is that these guys are pretty good live. You should see them. I don't know where they are from, I lost the piece of paper that tells me that. They will tell you that. Email them - Theandors@hotmail.com.

I like the way this CD starts. Like the whole band is going through a phalange pedal except one of the guitars. Very slick. I like song number ten. Because of the manner in which this band has written its songs on the back of the package I cannot tell what the title is. In fact I would wager to guess that the fifth song might not even be called "timespacechanger." If you can't figure it out either, you should try to email them. Tell them to be clearer next time. Say "You guys are good and you play rock and roll. None of that other stuff. No Slint. No Blues Explosion. No Radiohead. No Tortoise. No Sonic Youth. No Low. No Godspeed You Black Emperor. No Emotional. No Alt Country. No Savior. You guys play rock and roll music and I appreciate that. Now I want to know what goddamn song I am listening to, so the next time you make one of these album deals make the back more clear because when I go see you play your music I don't know what to yell at you and I am a typical rock and roll fan so at some point during your set I will undoubtedly yell something, especially if I have partook in alcoholic substances. Did you guys hear about Tom and Nicole? Yeah, I know, it was totally the cult and shit. F-ing Scientology. Give it some time. We'll all get over it." I like song number four too, especially after a couple of listens.

The and/ors.

F-ing rock and roll.

I believe, I really do . . .sort of.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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