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Lovitt Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

January 29, 2005
Though the name Bughummer might conjure up images of giving or getting fellatio from insects, it's actually the name of a group that existed in the 1990s in Savannah, Georgia.

Lovitt Records has just re-released this, originally self-released in 1998. It's a natural fit, as Bughummer featured Lovitt alumnus Keeley Davis of Engine Down on bass and vocals. Additionally, the group captures much of the post-hardcore sound that has become a staple of Lovitt's catalog.

While flying low under the radar in the national indie scene, Bughummer began in 1992 as the members were in school at Savannah College of Art and Design. Trying to make something out of what was seemingly nothing, they played out and attempted to start up a fledgling scene in their hometown. Since Savannah remains still a place more known for genteel Southerners and no open container beverage laws than its indie rock contingency, you might be able to predict what resulted from the band's groundwork. In 1998 the group broke up, but not before recording this album.

While it has been repressed as a testament to an indie rock group fighting an uphill battle, it ultimately serves a better purpose as a historical document than an awesome collection of music.

Mostly, Bughummer falls into the second-rate post hardcore category, like a distant cousin of Fugazi, Jawbox and Bluetip. However, all is not completely lost. Occasional flourishes of tightness and energy shine through as with the screamo touches on "Mood Swing" and the anger and aggression on "Sweet Life".

Though any fan of Keeley Davis's later work with Engine Down or Denali might be intrigued by the roots that led to those projects, Bughummer doesn't offer much to get the average music fan excited. The best bet would leave this one to the archivists and old heads in Savannah who remember when.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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