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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Five Style
Miniature Portraits
Sub Pop Records

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October 1, 2004
Back in my heyday of college, in the few months that I was single, before math rock and conniving girls, I visited the dirty old basement bar of Cicero's in Saint Louis to see Afghan Whigs protégés the Ass Ponys. That night there was an opening band of skinny, greasy guys playing really nice guitars. Five Style blew my mind in an extremely funkdafied and soul riddled way that night and I've been in awe ever since. Five Style broke out of Chicagoland five years ago with an instrumental agenda. They put out a stellar record on Sub Pop which featured classics like "Deep Marsh" and "Outta Space Canoe Race" and then pretty much disappeared. About three years ago they drove down to Champaign, IL for a show in which they debuted vocals by Leroy Bach and refused to play any of the old hits. Although different, it was still a good show. Then they sort of went away.

Now they're back and in top form. I'm not sure what the deal with the vocals was the last time I saw them play but they're still relying on their musicianship to preach to the converted on their sophomore release. Like the last time around they put their best foot forward with "Mythical Numbers" and "Marmy the Count." I never can seem to focus after the first few tracks of a Five Style record, my mind paralyzed by Dolan and Herndon's schizophrenic and supersonic manipulation of the fretboard. Although a bit too complicated for the casual listener to dissect, fans of true music will like this record, regardless if you're from the cane fields of Cuba or the sawmill in Seattle.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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