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The New Heathers
The Fuel, The Fire, The Spark
Redbird Records


The New Heathers is a side project for members of the St. Louis band Ludo, and its name is taken from the Jack Kerouac book The Dharma Bums, and/or related to Winona Ryder's belief that there will one day be a sequel to the '80s film Heathers. These six songs cover a lot of musical territory in a short period of time. Think of it as pop-rock for the literate music fan.

A couple of inclusions, "Mr. Green Blades" and "Hammer & Chisel", feature Moog synthesizer lines that bring to mind Styx, for better or worse. One titled "Start" stands out from the rest because of its punky groove. The rest of these recordings, however, are far more thoughtful and slower. The best cut of all is "The Fuel, The Fire, The Spark", as it describes the powerful, all engulfing nature of love itself. "Santa Rosa" is also excellent due to its accurate and pretty vocal harmonies.

Who knows when The New Heathers will create new sounds again or if Ludo ever takes this long of a break once more? But Winona - and any other smart music fan, for that matter - would do well to spend time with this band, instead of possibly waiting in vain for Heathers Two to come out.

-Dan MacIntosh

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