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How to Plan Successful Parties
Omnibus Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Waxing clever comparisons and prose in regards to The Dipers' How to Plan Successful Parties seems like such a waste. The album does not emit any highly artsy elements nor will it lend itself to superlative status in the eyes (and ears) of the greater rock clergy. There is something about The Dipers, though, that draws one in- if only for a brief quarter of an hour- to succumb to the lure of rock 'n' roll subtlety.

Really, How to Plan Successful Parties is what the essence of rock 'n' roll recordings is all about: short songs that abide to certain characteristics but still retain an edge of individuality. The Dipers certainly take heavy influence from bands of the past, but the musical mural of which the group paints ends up so muddled that it's hard to tell exactly who these inspirations are. What sticks out beyond all else is The Dipers' completely distorted, dissonant sound that pushes a broad feeling of relaxed-yet-intent.

The music is completely void of computer effects, samples, synthesizers, or anything else that was not present in the earlier times of rock 'n' roll (1960s-'70s). What becomes the main focus is the early East Coast and art punk elements of high energy and yells (often sounding as if they are shouted through a fuzzy megaphone), combined with simple transitions and three chord/note guitar structures. Taken in through other senses, their style is feedback, beer bottles, black boots, cigarettes, and drafty basement practice spaces. Most rock bands could duplicate this group's technical side, but few could reproduce its essence towards rocking.

That all said, there are noteworthy tracks such as "I'm So Spun" and "Shake," which contains maybe the most out of place lyrical usage of "C'mon and let me see you shake your tail feather" in the words' history. Each song spastically leads into the next after short two-minute spurts of shouting and blaring guitars. Before one knows it, the album has been finished and many just like myself will not know exactly what hit them. But sometimes, especially in the case of The Dipers, this is a good thing.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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