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Friends of Dean Martinez
On the Shore
Narnack Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
On the Shore is a sprawling, two-disc collection of beautiful, sweeping sound epics from the band that, before lawyers got involved, was known as Friends of Dean Martin.  mason jar full of ambient, earthen noise and distorted guitar wash dot the spooky landscape of this collection of spicy, steel-guitar driven instrumentals that could only be made more hip with the label "Chipotle-Rock." Yep, I just coined another one!

Of the two half-hour-plus discs, number one is culled from two European albums from 2001 - Wichita Lineman and Live at Club 2- and satisfies the slobbery fans of Giant Sand and Calexico - two bands that share members with Friends of Dean Martinez. Disc two is comprised of newer material that leans more to the jazzy, sophisticated side of the band's sound. Great songs that could serve as the score to any strange, arid film (think "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas"), both discs of On the Shore open with the sound of a film projector running, a sort of "fuck you" to all the critics whom, in absence of words appropriate for Friends of Dean Martinez's epic sound, set it to film. 

The sound of the projector is about the only thing that really binds the two discs together outside of their polytetramorbalide jewel case (yep, I made that up too!). The first platter opens with the turgid, twangy opener "Overload" and the spine-tingling creepiness of "Alternate Theme," and everything sort of bleeds together from there, a tangle of barbed wire, booze and bull whips.

While superbly rewarding in its own right (this is a near constant road trip music selection for me now) I would suggest picking up 1997's Retrograde (Sub Pop) and/or 2000's A Place In the Sun and working up to the girth of On the Shore. But any way you slice it, Friends of Dean Martinez are setting up camp in your ears because, hey, they want to be your friends too.

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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