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Drums and Tuba
Water Damage Re-Issues Vol. 1 & 2 - Box Fetish and the Flying Ballerina
My Pal God

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Heard of Drums and Tuba yet? They do instrumental music with a twist, namely the unique instrumentation of, you guessed it, a tuba, a set of drums, and a guitar. Originally recorded in 1997, Box Fetish and The Flying Ballerina (2 separate albums) have been reissued by My Pal God Records with extra tracks that were recorded in 1999, so this release is the one to get if you've recently been turned on to this experimental art-rock/jazz trio.

The band's music sounds like a mixture of skid row jazz, carnivalesque clown tunes, classical odes, and punk rock (on The Flying Ballerina they even interpret the Minutemen's "God Bow's To Math") . They achieve this by retaining elements from multiple sources and crafting their own sound with a laid back sensibility. Box Fetish, the first CD of this collection (running time: 53 minutes), features, along with the solid drum and tuba rhythm section, the twangy and progressive guitar of Neil McKeeby, who sounds vaguely influenced by downtown NYC superstars like Marc Ribot, Arto Lindsay, and Elliot #. Together with the tight drumming of Anthony Nozero (who also doubles on alto sax), this trio builds up some playfully dour soul music for disheartened rock and rollers of the emerging 21st century.

On The Flying Ballerina, the band continues what they started on their first record, adding, along with the Minutemen cover, their own version of Charles Mingus' "Boogie Stop Shuffle" and Joey Baron's "Scottie Pippen." Not too different in style than the first release, The Flying Ballerina does have some eastern influenced scale passages and lots of rumbling, fumbling oomph-ahh tuba lines that root the songs down. Overall, both of these recordings are defined by the band's progressive sound, lots of tongue-in-cheek themes, and goofy segues. These CDs both came out around September 5th, and on the 6th they're scheduled to start a 5 week tour of the US. After that, their 3rd album (in the works), should be released on Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe label sometime in 2001.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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