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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Makers
Everybody Rise!
Kill Rock Stars

Rating: 5.5/10 ?


August 30, 2005
Rock and roll makes Christians mad, stemming from reasons such as its descent from blues and the notorious folk-inspired tales surrounding the genre and its subject matter to heavy rhythms that naturally incline one to dance (complete with pelvic-thrusting and the sweaty motions that simulate sex - though if most people danced like they screwed, no one would be getting laid). Like a dog on a slimy, meaty bone, the extreme religious right like to condemn rock and roll, not just for its sound, but all its associations to sex, drugs and devil-worshipping. Yes, they like to strip all the fun out of life.

Despite their attempts to dress up rock, metal and punk with Christian-inspired lyrics and Bible verses, a potato is still a potato. And in comparing a potato to rock and roll, it's still a dirty, root-based vegetable no matter how many times you try to make freedom fries out of it - or dress it up in Sunday's best, with a little bow or a pretty bonnet.

Having been at it for sometime now, The Makers' punk-influenced rock and roll touches on the subjects near and dear to the underground: drinking, messed-up love and rallying against the mainstream. Complete with metal-edged hissing vocals from Michael Maker, rolling rhythms and jagged-bluesy guitars, The Makers' rock is atypical in its flirtations with other genres. Their songs can be more pop-based, as well as founded in classic-style rock and blues. More often than not, their songs work better at their most simple. The few straightforward love songs, catchy in their poppy minimalism and sincere in their stripped-down vocals, felt more genuine than their rocking, suited up counterparts.

The title track isn't the fist-pounding anthem one might expect, but a song that mixes a slow pop jangly-groove with momentary drawn-out yowls and stand-out guitar riffs. Likewise, less saturated in attitude are the upbeat "The Story Of You And I" and the piano-driven "Run With Me Tonight," each sounding somewhat out of character, even though they better than many of the remaining songs on Everybody Rise!.

At their basest level, these songs are memorable and raucous without being over-the-top, which is sometimes all you can ask for, but they still leave you expecting more. Though the music remains level-headed, the vocals are grating, with over-processed harmonies; on the whole, Everybody Rise! is overreaching. Michael Maker's voice is more flattering when he actually sings rather than hisses and the majority of the tracks lack needed punch. Whereas everything gels on the mentioned "Run With Me Tonight," "Ordinary Human Love," follows the same formula but falters in the vocals' excessive soprano. So too, songs like "Sex Is Evil (When Love Is Dead)" and "Tiger Of The Night," aren't as fun as they should have been, feeling much too serious and contrived.

Though The Makers are imbued with the spirit of rebellion, having all the qualities to piss off the religious right, Everybody Rise! isn't enough. Despite the album's title, the work is fairly uninspiring, both in its takes on life and the music itself. Sadly, it will not serve as an aide to pelvic thrusting, and pissing off the enemy is never as fun as being stirred yourself.

Reviewed by Abbie Amadio
The last we heard Abbie Amadio, a former contributor to LAS, was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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