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Flight 0713
What Else Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Upon first glance I was turned off by the very presentation of this album. The band name, the album title, and picture of a plane on the cover, in my mind, implies some sort of aviation, theme album, nonsense. Strike one. I turned the case over and the back insert is a picture of a man and women dressed as a pilot and a stewardess, carrying vintage synthesizer. Strike two. It got worse, the opening track, Intro [PST…clear for take off], is a make-believe air control tower announcing, you guessed it, clearance to take flight. Strike Three.

Things were not looking so good. I couldn't wait to hear what came next to see how many clever things I could come up to mock the many insufficiencies of this album. I detest themef anything- (theme albums, theme parks, theme restaurants, etc...). Generally, concepts of that sort are a gimmick, and we all know, gimmicks always wear thin. Well, my point here, I still don't completely understand the motivation or necessity of the aviation theme, but now I am quite embarrassingly biting my tongue. Honestly, I am so pleased that this disc found its way into my hands, even if it's a bit late (5 months after the release date).

Scott Stanton & Tracy Cox's dark, electronic, surf-rock falls somewhere between the Cramps, Devo and the B-52's. Both are former members of the now defunct outfit The Causey Way, whose sound is not entirely different from what you'll find on this release. Cox and Stanton have reinvented themselves, but if you are familiar with their previous effort, you will already recognize the variety of experimental, new wave, punk that they have perfected. Stanton's electrified squeals and moans mix perfectly with Cox's monotone inflection, and the poppy sounds of analog synthesizers and organs and programmed drum beats.

At times, the lyrics are a bit absurd, on "Love is an Animal" Stanton sings: "bow down little piggy piggy/ bow down to the head ham;" I would have dismissed the album based on that line alone if their music wasn't so damn good. Highlights for me are "Jules, and Jean and Juliette" and "Junkie Junkie," both of which Cox takes the lead on vocals.

After one listen I decided, they can put whatever they want on the cover and present themselves and their music in whatever concept or manner they see fit, the bottom line is their music is infectious, so don't be fooled by the packaging! In the end, the only problem I could find with Flight 0713, is that it's too short (only 9 tracks). I hope they stay in character long enough to bring us another release, and soon.

Reviewed by Danielle Marusa
A resident of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Danielle is an occasional contributor to LAS.

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