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Scott Reynolds And The Steaming Beast
Adventure Boy
Suburban Home Records
www.scottreynoldsmusic.com


The long and short of Scott Reynolds And The Steaming Beast is that they sound like where they come from - Austin, Texas. Reynolds and his crew compose an amalgam of mid-west country, coffeehouse-laced folk-pop, and Tex-Mex tones that share a likeness to They Might Be Giants and Two Gallants in their latest album Adventure Boy. Reynolds, who sings and plays guitar, piano, bass, and drums, has some tracks that have a low-fi lighting and others which have a ska-rock tunage. Reynolds seems like a sponge absorbing many different musical influences and seeing what happens when they are put in his hands.

The track "Scaffold Lick" is an easy riding piano ballad that you would expect from Daniel Powter, but Reynolds has it and admits in the liner notes that he wrote it in 5 to 6 hours. His sense of melodic structures produces a warm, pristine sound which creates a perfect ambience for supper clubs. The rattling rhythm shakes of "Line Check" and "Rumplestiltskin" have a grooving folk-rock jolt with a rockabilly strut, while "Angel" is a cozy country flock displaying a garden of warmly tinted tuileries. The slow strolling tempo of "Tracy Hartman's Cheek" has light springy keyboard buds and sliding guitar bars that give this tune the feel of taking a laid-back walk in the park. The title track is a hypnotic folk ballad with bays of Tex-Mex leathered shakers and flamenco vocal moves. The music will take you south of the border.

The Tex-Mex tumbles roll straight into the beach punk/ska-clad jiggles of "None Of This Is Funny," which displays catchy rhythmic quivers. The lyrics have a folksy feel making impressions using blunt rhetoric like in "None Of This Is Funny" with thoughts of, "Yeah, my car, she's a humble girl/ But my intrepid heart still walks the earth/ Still seeks the truth/ Still hates the cops/ Still farts in church/ Still knows that skate-boarding is not a crime/ It ain't part of this lawnmower, leaf bag world."

Ska-rock, country-folk, and Tex-Mex come together to windup Scott Reynolds And the Steaming Beast's latest release Adventure Boy. Produced by David Fridmann who also plays bass, organ and piano in the band, Reynolds' ship is additionally bowed by Mary Fridmann, Steve Drozd, Nick Gonzalez, Chris Gajewski, Tim Pattesojn, Eric Tuberdyke, and members of Drag The River, including Jon Snodgrass, Chad Price, J.J. Nobody, Casey Prestwood, and Dave Barker who all play on "Angel." Adventure Boy is as country flavored as moonshine, it's as rockabilly sleek as a 1950's Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, and as Texan as the Bluebonnet, Texas' state flower.

-Susan Frances


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