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Frank Jordan
Milk the Thrills
Devil in the Woods

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Porn movies, even those that you'd consider noteworthy, fall into a well-known trap: they entertain when the climax is high but lack substance elsewhere. The plot is often an obnoxious fallout, and most characters don't know what to do when they're not jumping into the clit of some chick, or sucking the cock of some grubby yuppie of upper town. While this may be a fallacious [hellacious?] starting point for a music review, this must have crossed your mind at least once.

When you're held in captivity inside the house on a Friday night, left alone with your Dolby Surround TV set, just turn that off, grab a cappuccino and experience the acquired taste of that radio station that woke you up early this morning with traffic and world news. If you're a lucky guy, you may come across some late night indie rock show. Hopefully enough, you'll neglect those greasy Franz Ferdinand tunes and attach to the more creative sensibilities of Frank Jordan.

Milk the Thrills, their second full-length, made me accept the truth, and nothing but the truth, that anything and everything coming from the Devil in the Woods catalogue should come as an appetizer for the lonesome summer nights. Anyone who thought Frank Jordan was a solo artist before reading these lines, please put your hands up. Well, they're not. They're a superb power trio consisting of Mike Visser on vocals and guitar, Matt Ontjes on bass, and Devin Hurley on drums. As you've certainly noticed, there's not a single person named Frank Jordan.

If you've come to expect the second coming of Kid A in each and every record vaguely resembling Radiohead's atonal approach, please lower your expectations to a state where you can appreciate the momentum. Visser's vocal delivery is a subtle but massive detour from the stale high school imagery, even though Frank Jordan was formed by high school friends from Carmichael, CA back in 1994.

Listening to most indie rock wannabes live and on tape is like taking part of a vivisection and swearing to god that you fully enjoyed the experience. There's too much hype for so little talent. Maybe it's time to completely disregard the cover of NME more than often and start seizing records like Milk the Thrills eagerly. Here, virulent lyrics and lame, bad emo-like introspections are left for less fortunate souls.

Frank Jordan is an outstanding ensemble more than capable of filling in the gaps of the contemporary indie world. With numbers such as the opener, "Could've Been," or the pop-oriented "Looked Around", and lyrics as poignant as "she's just a girl that straps explosives on to her chest/ and walks into a crowded room to let them blast/ because in her head this is the most beautiful thing in the world" (as in "Funnyhead"), Frank Jordan could be set as high as the media indie darlings of our times. Except for their knack and overall artistic beauty, which are much more prominent.

"To Never Have Without" is an obvious highlight both literally and musically. While with lines that read "Let them win and fill their heads/ with all the proper tools to knock 'em dead", they seem content with their suburban little existence; this song is a heavy artistic statement that functions like a snapshot of what to expect from the guys. Exceeding the seven minute-mark, the guitar-saturated mantra suddenly stops; a pause follows and the same tuneful apparatus is regurgitated only to hastily change to a different approach when the track comes to an end. Potent statements like this one don't come that often.

All in all, Milk the Thrills is an innovative yet equilibrate effort, never being predictable or testing just another level of boredom. They're not the band next door, the standard punk rock outfit that falls prey to its simplistic ambitions, which normally come along with inadequacy and/or lack of experience. And they're certainly not the average actress-turned-sex-goddess with fine boobs but no brains starring in a porn movie.

Reviewed by Helder Gomes
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.

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