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Frenchkiss Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

September 8, 2005
The year was 1994. I was a junior in high school, just another seat in Mr. Burt's English literature class at Oak Forest High School. He was liberal and fair to us sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds. We read a few of the classics and discussed them for entire class periods. I believe he felt that as long as we could carry an informed conversation about a book, we were doing our job.

Toward the middle of the year, Mr. Burt got bored with reading and discussing books, so he decided to show us Spike Lee's movie, Do The Right Thing. Before he began the movie, he gave us a little story to serve as a warning to us, and that story went something like this:

"Class, I've been watching this film very closely at home. I'm trying to be able to judge whether or not it is appropriate to show in our school. The first thing you'll notice is the language. There is some strong language in this movie. I normally don't use the type of language they use in this movie, but just the other night I noticed something happened.

I was in my study doing some work with one of my twins (he repeatedly told the class he had twin eight year old daughters). After a few minutes, she left the room and left the door open. I continued to work, but was distracted with the door being open. Soon enough I walked out of the study to find my daughter at the kitchen table. 'Katie,' I said to her, 'you gotta close the fucking door".

At the time I thought it was one of the best stories an adult had ever told me. The reason I bring it up here is because Rahim was once collectively known as Radio Rahim, after a character in Do The Right Thing.

After a few years of constant touring, they dropped the Radio, and Rahim was signed to Frenchkiss Records. To their credit, this EP was produced by J Robbins and it shows: the music is powerful and repetitive; each song begins strong and holds fairly steady, but generally gets a little dull around minute two.

'One At A Time' opens the EP with the most promise and includes a dance-hall whistle that shakes the floor beneath your feet for three and a half minutes. Handclaps and whistles are used over a strong repetitive drum beat; a mysterious guitar riff is mixed in as the song continues.

Just as Mr. Burt got bored with us reading and discussing books in class, the two tracks that make up the middle of the EP seem to drag on a bit too long. These songs have depth and seem challenging, but once a song gets predictable, nothing is done to change it.

'Enduring Love' closes out the short record with a slower tempo and a little more style. It is the standout track here, as it is in constant motion and keeps you moving. The lyrics are a little too simple, but for a trio of genre-bending art rockers it's nice to see a lighter side.

One can listen to these four tracks a few times, but their repetitive nature begins to wear too thin; outside of the first song, not many risks are taken on this album. This is a safe art-punk EP - and for a band on Frenchkiss, that's not a good sign.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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