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The Milwaukees
The Bland Comfort of Life with Lloyd Justin
Twenty Four Seven Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is the Milwaukees' (unrelated to the city) first release on 24/7 though they have had one other full length album out on Forest Records called Missile Command. It is comprised of six songs all done to varying degrees in the post-punk style. These are songs written about a number of miscellaneous woven topics taken from books, life, and yes, love. Amongst them is a firsthand account of being bombed, a dream about the Beatles, and the irony of the common prideful and apathetic American mindset.

The band has changed since they were last seen with the additions of a second guitarist and a new drummer in the forms of Jeff Norstedt and Brian Stoor. Where some bands that have had a second guitarist and a capable drummer all along fail to appreciate such additions and give them nothing to live on, the Milwaukees have greeted these new mates warmly. They've been allowed to flower and add to the music with creative drumming and a melodic intertwining that a single guitarist just isn't capable of, sometimes reminiscent of works on Radiohead's Pablo Honey. Other influences that they claim are Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and Led Zeppelin though thankfully the Zeppelin doesn't show through in any clear form.

Known both in Canada and the US the Milwaukees are going to be touring both in the spring of 2001. They are hopeful for the future and have earned the right to be in my book. They sound like they could possibly weather the ripples of mainstream radio and maybe even bring at least one wave of intellect onto the air.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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