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    Beth Israel – “Dental Denial” – [Dull Tools]

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    Happy apathy seems to be the secret sauce on this
    rock with pop leanings from Austin’s Beth Israel.
    Determined lo-fi producton cannot stop the catchy
    Clean-esque boppiness of “Statue In The Car” or hide
    the twin-guitar 70’s solos of “Dead Bodies” or the
    psych swirls in the zombie march of “White Powder.”
    The guys might be moping on the outside, but they’re
    laughing on the inside…to Chris Farley reruns.
    The song “Tommy Boy” has a recitation of words
    from that film done in a sort of Crispin Glover
    as bard manner over a wandering bass and drum
    line with guitar chord washes. I was bummed to find
    out about the copping of the “lyrics” as I thought
    this line was one of the greatest ever
    “But that’s when people like us have to forge
    ahead, am I right Helen?”
    They like their reverb a plenty too, plenty of it
    on “Family” after a brief corporate shout-out (?)
    at the start. Through the murk, past the catchy,
    there’s the tang of something going wrong in this
    band. A hint of formaldehyde in the Jamba Juice
    perhaps? Somethings bubbling in the instro “Heat 2”
    not sure what it is, a Robert Fripp fingernail?
    Anyways, if you also want seconds, check out
    http://dulltools.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-cassette
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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