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Mondo Fumatore
Rolling Like an Egg
Rewika Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I don't dance. Never have. Don't particularly want to. But when listening to this Mondo Fumatore album my feet seem to wiggle and bounce of their own accord. Even sitting here typing up the review I can't keep my head from wobbling back and forth. Mondo Fumatore, hailing from Berlin, are as much about the rock as they are about the beat, but my disco shoes don't seem to notice.

I'm sure there are bands out there that Mondo Fumatore sound like, but I can't think of any. Their sounds aren't new, I've heard the gist of them before, but I never really cared for them in the past. Something like early, lo-fi REM meets Wolfie. Or what Vitreous Humor would have sounded like if they had hung out at dance clubs.

The trio of Berndt, Gwendolin and Mondo Marc base their sounds around two guitars and a drum kit but utilize keyboards, bullhorns, synthesizers and loads of effects boards in nearly every song. Live shows feature the members occasionally switching instruments and even some beat-boxing by the drummer. "Scooby Doo" plays off of the theme song to the cartoon but in a very original way - I didn't even realize it until the second or third time I heard it.

Cleaning the house, lounging around in the basement, a lazy Saturday drive or a keg party are all good occasions to break out this record.

Distributed in the US by arborvitae records.

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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