The Hype Factory introduces a whole new way of reviewing albums! It's
like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music critics and getting
a snapshot of how they feel about an album.
April Skies - The Breathe e.p.
Godzilla: Very Similar to The Box, a bit more slow and shoegazey.
Awesome lyrics, great vocals. Mothra: Warbly roots-pop just as the name implies. Lilac
Time, Waterboys, Miracle Legion. Rodan: Uplifting slow-down rock. Excellent aural textures,
cool songs, great band. More please! Gamera: Like The Church musically stunted. Verse, bridge,
chorus are all the same.
Lane - The GUARFD e.p.k.
Godzilla: Righteous pop-rock with brilliant lyrics and phenomenal
musicianship. Sometimes downbeat, sometimes rockin'. Mothra: Mix of jam-rock and pop-punk. Excellent energy,
cool guitar work. Dude can sing. Rodan: Very pretty and relaxing. I bet it's about girls
and stuff. Musically interesting Emo-pop. Gamera: Zero Carbohydrates. Moments of ripping drawn
out into boredom.
Crown - The Path To Going Down
Godzilla: Witty lyricism over downhome wide-ranging music.
Maybe like They Might Be Giants Americana. Simply awesome. Mothra: Damn Straight! Shuffling backwoodsfolk-rock with
the sense of humor R.E.M. lost. Rodan: Slightly Irish folk, some funny lyrics. Smooth
flow, good stuff. Gamera: Holy Pure Prairie League, Batman! What the NRBQ
is going on here? Nice.
- Meat And Electricity
Godzilla: Dark downhome Americana - Fans of Slim Cessna
listen up. Quirky vocals, cool guit-fiddles. Mothra: Barhouse boogie. They're not trying to be funny,
but they're very funny. Rodan: Honky tonk rock or something bar band. Gamera: What the NRBQ? The special tonight is Meatloaf.
Nice guitar and keyboards.
Night - It's A Wide, Wide Sea
Godzilla: Somewhere between 16 Horsepower and Pink Floyd
- downbeat lush arrangements, simple and powerful songs. Mothra: Dark depressing Leonard Cohen vs. Neil Young
Suicide stuff. The music of my life. Rodan: Country folk, very mellow, some eclectic stuff
thrown in, interesting. Gamera: Mazzy Star in reverse. Bit of Tom Waits.
Volts - Triple Your Workforce
Godzilla: Brilliant Synth/guitar hybrid rock, full of punk
attitude and pop sensibilities. My favorite new band! Mothra: It's so damned cool! Ballsy and fun, reminds
me of the Kinks. Rodan: Poppy indie post punk good time rock and roll. Gamera: Sometimes accidentally in tune. Snotty garage
disco that you can't dance to.
McQueen And The Firebrands - Happy Doing What We're Doing
Godzilla: Hidden pub rock gems interpreted by Texas bar
band. Some cool songs played very well. Mothra: I didn't care about these shitty songs the first
time and Captain & Tenille didn't help. Rodan: Pop country mediocre crap painful Gamera: Elvis Costello & Dave Edmunds are rolling
in their graves. Give me the originals.
Minasian - Mercedes Emerging
Godzilla: Nicely produced teaser single - sultry vocals
on original sounding compositions. Cool guitars, thick groovy
bass. Mothra: Y Kant Tori Write? Songs, that is. Steals from
3 Dog Night and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rodan: Adequate bar singer on overproduced songs, but
she's got great lips. Mmmm . Hot! Gamera: She looks Egyptian, and wants me to bring it
on yah. Alanis Less-upset.
Vague - Nouvelle Vague
Godzilla: Post-punk classics re-invented perfectly into
Astrud Gilberto stylings. Beautiful voices and jazzy beats.
Such gace! Mothra: Brazilian lounge could have destroyed these songs,
but this is fucking brilliant. Rodan: Bossa nova covers of post punk songs? This is
SWEET! Gamera: The Girl From Ipo-new wave. 8 ways of hilarious.
Too Drunk To Fuck is best.
- Pepper Live DVD
Godzilla: Unfortunately video makes lack of energy more
evident. Reggae-infused pop music for the dope crowd. Mothra: Lame frat dub-rock with bullshit radio-station
gimmicks. Chili and Red Hot were taken. Rodan: A less energetic, less talented Sublime. They
do like the dirty words. Gamera: This DVD should be all about the bikini girls
and the girl with the blue top.
Satelliters - Hashish
Godzilla: Rough, psychedelic 60's flavored garage rock -
cool attitude, excellent drums and fuzz. I'm hooked! Mothra: Raw, fuzzy garage. Seeds, Them, Animals, Troggs,
pretty authentic, but not original. Rodan: 60's style garage rock, not original, but not
bad. Gamera: Was this recorded in 1968? The tones are perfect!
Providence - Our Worlds Divorce
Godzilla: The standard by which all emo-pop should be measured.
Excellent playing, passionate songs, great harmonies. Mothra: Coming this spring to the WB Rodan: Emo gone wrong. So very wrong. Gamera: Well made sensitive pop. It's good. I bet they
cry if you call them emo.
Turner - Rise
Godzilla: Backing bluesman steps to the front. Soulful songs
and superb guitar playing make great records. Mothra: Chris Thomas King tried this and screwed it up.
Real good, but the mix sucks. Rodan: Watered down blues. Uninspired. Gamera: Every age of blues - delta, electric, R&B,
updated for modern times.
Watermarks - I Will Still Be Wishing
Godzilla: Brilliant po-mo rock with lots of great synths.
An updated Freur. Cool songs, cool sounds. Mothra: Jesus & Mary Chain mixed with Bowie and U2.
Pretty darn good, got my head rocking. Rodan: Kind of like The Killers, different vibe though.
Good music. Gamera: Spacey keys and shoegazer guitars. Music to wear
Wyman - Beautiful Like Words
Godzilla: Brilliant lyrics, downbeat excellent guitar work.
Neo-folk for the indie rock set. Quirky fun vocals. Mothra: Nice simple folk music, but no sense of humor,
so we must assign him one. Rodan: Acoustic singer-songwriter stuff. Good songs,
but he should give up the singer part. Gamera: Like the Kermit voice Dylan had after the accident.
I wish I could like it.