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Montana Pete
"Cosworth" b/w "Frozen Monkey"
Alpharelish Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Montana Pete play on their new 7" with a huge amount of energy, the kind of energy that I'd imagine is even greater at a live show. That obvious oomph is my reason number one for liking this 7". Reason number two is "Cosworth." As soon I heard the first sound of guitars, I was into it. It was a driving, can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it kind of sound, though it kind of sounds like Fugazi. I especially liked how about halfway into "Cosworth," the drums took the dominant role for a second or two, becoming forceful yet extremely laid back at the same time, like those of a Moe song.

"Cosworth" got even better once incomprehensible, punk sounding vocals were added. To speak to the difficulty of understanding the lyrics, the only words I understood (I think) sounded something along the lines of "Ham and Cheese…South East…Antoinette always brings sex not love." In all likelihood, I know, my interpretation of the lyrics are completely wrong, but I'll keep them in here just so you get an idea of the difficulty levels we're talking.

"Frozen Monkey" is the second half of the 7". The opening is good, starting with a simple drum beat, then adding a couple of chords repeated on a guitar, and right when the sound is getting a little dull, vocals kick in. But…what happened? Why do they sound like that? Why are the vocals awful all of a sudden? Is Bryn no longer signing on "Frozen Monkey?" I don't know. All I know is that it sounds no where near as good as "Cosworth."

As far is "Frozen Monkey" goes, as long as vocals are not included, it sounds great (probably about half the song), but when they are in the mix, you might just find yourself wondering, "When will it end?" and saying, "Please, make it stop!"

You have been forewarned. "Cosworth" is a great song, so enjoy it, because when you go to flip sides on your turntable to listen to "Frozen Monkey," you might not enjoy what you hear as much, unless, of course, you filter out the vocals.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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