Album Review

Big Blood – “Big Blood Bank – An Imaginary Compilation ” – [dontrustheruin]

Thurston Hunger   6/14/2007   A Library, CD

They’ve stood shoulder to Cerberus Shoal-der, they are united
in musical matrimony as man and wife (and wife and wife.)
This imaginary collection is actually releases 3 thru 7 from
their homegrown label. Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella
are the Big Blood quartet, with Colleen being three women in
one person (she harmonizes quite well with herselves too check
out “Slumber Me”)) I’m not yet sure which persona is on which
tracks, but she ranges from a long lost 1930’s radio siren on
“A Quiet Lousy Roar” to a super-shrieker out shrieking Damo
Suzuki on a fantastic cover of “Vitamin C” to might maternal
soothing. Caleb contributes vocals too that blend in well is
that him going up and through the falsetto turnstiles on
“Sovereignty You Bitch?” Sheesh they cover Satie and a cut
from Sublime Frequency’s Sumatran release. They can sound
like Swill Radio in parts, or be equally comfortable with
the New Old Weird America crowd. Fits with Steven R. Smith,
Faun Fables, Wooden Wand, Danielson…really is a comfortable
release. Instrumentation includes, guitars, melodica, banjo,
tibetan gongs hell maybe even tibetan harmonica?? At times it
sounds like it was recorded in a Maine lighthouse, Big Blood
rise up and serve as powerful beacon. Weird enough for KFJC,
sweet (and sweetly sour) singing, the mark of a mantra is
often on each song, pop like repetition but wrapped in a soft
gauze of strangitude. Getting all discs at once is akin to
discovering a lost civilization, with tracks to their young
daughter, and to their label… Discovery!!

-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 54 times on kfjc! most recently:
Thurston Hunger says

Looks like I was trying out for a position as Rush Limbaugh's fact-checker.
There's no wedding ring binding these two, just a hallowed harmony,
and one mighty happy child. Also Colleen on these first five releases is
not a 3-for-1 woman; Rose Philistine turns out to be an alter egoette of

Anyways, check out Big Blood however you can, check out
Tell 'em KFJC sent you!t

They've turned me into a universal receiver. AB positively!


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