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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Dead By Dawn EP
Standard Recording Company

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Calibretto used to be called Calibretto 13. They also used to operate on Tooth and Nail, a record label I loathe and avoid like high-traffic crosswalks or the mall. Their message board is simply flooded with debate on whether or not they're still a Christian band, and if lyrics about baby Jesus are better than songs about serial killers. This armchair theology is enough for a person to form some heavy prejudices and to avoid this release altogether. It's a good thing I listened to the Dead By Dawn EP before I discovered the aforementioned.

Calibretto is hard to discount musically. They play a very manic, uppity paced rock, leaving them sort of difficult to brand. Think psychobilly, add circus ska organ, sprinkle in acoustic guitar and bass intertwined with electric, and top it off with Conor Oberst's vocal stylings, but more in key with Justin Sane of Anti-Flag with a touch of Gordon Gano. Now mingle that with themes of horror and an overall ominous tone, and you have something close to what Calibretto is.

From the get go, I was expecting heavy synths, brooding vocals, and pale faces. In retrospect, it seems appropriate given the lyrical content: a jealous husband kills a man he suspects is cheating with his wife; a song about Bret Easton Ellis's Patrick Bateman; werewolves; the brooding wickedness of the woods. This is hardly the fodder of band that was, as I understand it, a pop-punk outfit prior to Dead By Dawn. But they make it work across this seven-song EP (two songs are instrumentals), a worthwhile release. The nod to the Evil Dead doesn't hurt either; just don't visit their Web forums…

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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