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Hashin' It Out
Jade Tree

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Here comes Hashin' It Out, the third album from Chicago's one-man drum band Euphone, i.e. Nick Rapsys. At least that's what it used to be. When I saw Euphone about a year ago, Rapsys was playing with Nick Macri (Sunny Day Real Estate, C-Clamp and Heroic Doses) on bass. For the first three songs of their set, I was astonished by the excitement of the interplay between the drums, the bass, and the samples coming from these two musicians. However, after four or five songs, I began asking for more, thinking "this is okay but I have to go the bathroom and I could maybe sit down or do something other than this." To make a long story short, the sound was thin and couldn't sustain my interest over eight or nine songs.

It appears that sound has worn thin on Ryan Rapsys too. Several musicians join Rapsys on Hashin' It Out, with guitars and horns to liven things up a bit. Ryan is one of a trio of excellent drummers to emerge from the Chicago sound (Doug Sharin and John Mcentire the other two in my humble opinion, Rapsys currently playing with Heroic Doses and 5ive Style). Knowing this you would be right to assume that drumming is king for Euphone, and it does remain the focus of most songs on Hashin It Out. But it is the other elements that Rhapsys has added that truly brings the music and the album to life. He is less showy than in the past as he lets the drums breathe life into the music, instead of dominating it. Listen to the drumming as the album first starts and you know that this is much more about music than about being a good drummer. The album's best moments come as it mixes several different kinds of songs that really shouldn't really work together, but do. The noisy but restrained "Honey, I'll be home by Suppertime" blends perfectly with the slow groove of the next song "My Ladies Can't Remember the Eighties". The best song on the album, "Oh You Ache" starts out with a sort of slow bass stomp that I didn't think was going anywhere, then out of nowhere an excellent electronic Caribbean wash of sound. The only problem with the album comes from a great familiarity I felt to a couple of the songs, namely three of the five songs that songs Jeremy Jacobson plays guitar on. Jacobson is one of the guitarists from 5ive style. These three songs don't sound like 5ive Style, they are 5ive style. Seriously, when the second song, "Press On" started I thought my CD player had skipped to a 5ive style album (even though I don't own any). While I have a serious problem coming to terms with this, I must admit they are pretty good 5ive Style songs. My head sort of bobs back and forth just thinking about them. Overall many songs didn't necessarily seem to fit in at first, but after a couple of listens, I felt they matched the every-direction-goes flow of the album. While not startlingly original, Hashin' It Out is a very good record that embraces its influences and plays them to Rapsys' strengths.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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