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Chesterwhite & His Orchestra
Chesterwhite & His Orchestra
Erroneous Records
www.chesterwhite.com


Please, people, either take a fake name or don't. If you tell us you're using a pseudonym then we know it's all an act. It seems to me that Spacehog never actually had to cover a Bowie song for us to get it. I mean, honestly Chester, the first few bars of "Galley Slave" and we're with you. Covering "Moonage Dream" is sort of an indulgent giveaway for folks who aren't paying attention. Well, to be honest, I was wavering between Queen and Mott The Hoople for awhile. So thanks for the clarity. Chesterwhite's overdramatic operatic Plant-O-matic vocals lean to the latter part of glam that encompassed Cinderella and Poison.

The guy's got some impressive soaring pipes that David Coverdale would envy, it's just that he doesn't always know what to do with them. The old orchestra back there is providing a pretty rich tapestry of sleazy licks, cock-wagging bass and ass-pounding drums. Meanhile, our man Chester (nee Donny Dykowsky) is meandering on the catwalk looking for a melody to scale down. It's right in front of him the whole time, but he's grasping for something else. And when he's emulating an Englishman affecting a southern drawl, it's actually exhausting to endure. (See again, Robert Plant)

Both the rhythms and lyrics are hit and miss. Where it comes together is "Kill This Town" as Dykowsky fires off rounds like "Your daddy's giving handouts/crawls on his knees/your brother's missing class/giving head to a priest." Then it's back into the chorus with a sneaky slowdown while the erstwhile Dave Dunn, Count Ramsey cycles his guitar through the gears. "Sunburn" offers promise with a little Doors, then a little Spaceman Bowie before it falls apart in a Soundgarden atmospheric burnup. The fact that they close with a dead-on Led Zeppelin impersonation is quite fitting. Both have over-the-top singers that render otherwise stellar bands unlistenable.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listings
1. Galley Slave
2. Low
3. Moonage Dream
4. 12 O'Clock High
5. Love Song
6. More
7. Idiots
8. Father Frank's Crusade
9. Kill This Town
10. On The Weekend
11. Sunburn
12. No Other Love


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