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Fat Possum

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Before listening to this this album, the band's name and chosen diagram of a station wagon on the cover made me immediately think of Cliff Huxtable's roadster. That was good for a laugh, and I expected little else from this obscure five-song outing. I am ecstatic to say that that easy little chuckle was the least of my entertainment from this promising, smooth band.

Hailing from the west coast of Finland, they would do well to vacation in Washington DC, riding shotgun to Fugazi as they barrel through the city. Angst-ridden buzzing is a highlight in "Start," which harbors the intensity of post-Radiohead rock and a very fluid sense of style. With vocals that sound a bit like Travis Morrison's, a bit of whining and screaming goes a long way while recalling the ghosts grunge's past.

"Tried to Call" steals a page right out of early Lemonheads subculture, before poster boys and plastic, where raw riffs could change a pre-teen's path in life. There is a love letter to pop structure here, but the loudest voice remains the band's attempt to escape anonymity.

Their final track, "Pitstop" sounds like an outtake from Codeine's Barely Real, complete with dense, delayed guitar work and muted unease. Dejected but discontent, it brings the shiver of resentment to the forefront, serving as a call to angry blood.

Beautifully jumpy, each card is well played. While I may not have heard of Cosmobile before now, I would be surprised and disheartened if Luna was their international curtain call.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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