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Eleven Twenty-Nine – “A Tithe to Hell” – [Drawing Room]

Thurston Hunger   11/24/2014   12-inch, A Library

Eleven (months) and Twenty-nine (days) is apparently the minimum
sentence for a felony. I’m not sure what crime avant guitardists
Tom Carter (Charalambides) and Marc Orleans (Sunburned Hand
of the Man) committed, but perhaps they killed every bassist who
came within ten feet of them? The two trade licks and looks here
with veteran drummer Michael Evans called in to assist and bring
his theremin. Side A starts with acid casualty action, well that’s not
quite fair, the track “Dirtbag Lazarus” has at times a Flying Saucer
Attack alignment. Hopefully it’s not about Carter’s overseas battle
with pnuemonia and related heart troubles, but that apparently is
well in the past, as his guitar still sizes fine. That’s the most driving
number before moving Orleans to dobro for a kind of cross fury with
country tinge on “The Projectionst” leading into more control, closer
to the campfire blankets than the actual fire on the short dobro
durable “41 Years With a Ball and Stripes.” Flip it over for a side
long explungation, that has Evans clicking in some martial drumming
and the piece hits active drone status at times. Not drone in terms of
long waves of short notes, but needle stuck on guitar red line or laced
and relaced notes. The interplay of Carter and Orleans, seems more
combative than on the first side, half-step riff repeating up and up feels
like an argument to Orleans work on the other side. Especially towards
the end as an aggravated arpeggiated tension rises before a brief
cool down period.

-Thurston Hunger

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