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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.25
Musicianship 8.25
Lyrics 8
Production 8
Creativity 7.75
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 7.5
Final Verdict: 78%
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Father Phoenix - Large Bodies

Reviewed by: OKComputer1016 (05/30/09)
Father PhoenixLarge Bodies EP
Record Label: Forge Again
Release Date: June 9, 2009


Who?

Father Phoenix is an energetic Milwaulkee quartet signed to Chicago’s Forge Again records. So far they’ve been kicking around for about 5 years, putting out one full-length and this EP.

How is it?

It’s good. Riffy, garage-leaning punk that takes cues from ‘70’s rock and the dudes from the ‘90’s who tried to revive ‘70’s rock (like Clutch), every track would be good to open a beer to (and none of your hipster PBR crap, either.) The EP is brief, but it packs a fist-pumping punch in tracks like the opener “Brothers of Fire”, with a stomping verse and Tom Morello-esque chorus riff bound to initiate some moderate-to-heavy head banging. Vocally, the group comes off like a beefed-up Molly Hatchet (which is a compliment). Musically, subtle nuances such as the Doors keyboard organ bubbling under the mix in the title track become more apparent on repeat listens. What’s first and foremost are the grooves, which are plenty.

Track Listing
01. Brothers of Fire
02. Plunderstorm
03. Starless
04. Large Bodies (Stay Horizon Bound)

Recommended if You Like
Clutch, Every Time I Die’s last couple of albums, Kansas (the parts where they really rock)

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www.myspace.com/fatherphoenix
 
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