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Heavy Ornamentals
Eleven Thirty Records

Austin band squashes pigeon-holing efforts, traps monkey.

Traditional instruments like fiddle, mandolin and accordion are not traditionally employed outside country circles, but Austin's favorite sons have a unique definition of southern rock. The initial happy gooforia of "Declineometer" and "Burn The Honeysuckle" melds Barenaked Ladies with Colorblind James Experience. Lest that get too comfortable, "Mr. Betty" shows up with his Rolling Stones stomp. "Shake The Chandelier" invests in the same boogie-blues that inspired Kings Of Leon, but gives it a barn dance twist. Appreciation for Van Morrison circa His Band And Street Choir shows through on "Hooky Junk" and "New Roommate" which demonstrates the juvenile humor, "Always late on the rent/ couldn't buy a bag of farts." The quality musicianship goes in hand with the variety of styles, and explains frequent comparisons to Doug Sahm. With more flavor than their inedible name implies, they have developed a grateful, dedicated following.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:
1. Declineometer
2. Burn the Honeysuckle
3. Betty
4. Shake the Chandelier
5. New Roommate
6. Hooky Junk
7. Weather Woman
8. Stab
9. Our Patriarch
10. The Education Song
11. Collection's Getting
12. Pill Bug Blues
13. Pick & Roll

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