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The Hanslick Rebellion
The Deli Of Life
Eschatone Records
www.hanslickrebellion.com


The Hanslick Rebellion EP The Deli Of Life has six tracks that each have their own character and melodic make-up. The foursome, originally from Albany, New York but now stationed in New York City, bolster a lo-fi rock momentum reminiscent of '70s artists like Todd Rundgren and Badfinger and modern rock boosters in the class of Sirens Sister and the Old 97's. Keyboardist Jed Davis has some excellent piano overtones that volumize Alex Dubovoy's guitar textures so aurally the music feels like a savory bonanza marbled by Mike Kearns' sprinting drumbeats and Mike Keaney's plump bass grooves. If the band's EP is a snippet of what THR have to offer they have the advantage of being able to play in territories that others fear. THR create harmonies that show they know their instruments inside and out and where they want to take their songs without making any of them sound exactly the same; and yet, the music all sounds like it came from The Hanslick Rebellion. Once you get the gist of what the band has done with their EP, you expect even more from a full-length album.

The smooth guitar waves on "Caught" have a soft pop stroking peppered by mollified piano keys and rustling rhythmic movements. The funk rock tempo of "Make My Heart Stop" is steamy with affectionate vocal throbs paired with swiveling guitar patterns and sparkling synths milling around the melody, but "You Are Boring The Sh*t Out Of Me" really grabs the listener's attention and not just with its boldfaced expletives. The song is multi-textured with a soft punk scope and an interlude of vaudeville-tinted piano keys and vocoder-enhanced singing. The lyrics are just as stirring as the music with a chorus that rings out, "Jesus f*^king Christ, F*^k Off!!/ You are boring the sh*t out of me/ Take it to the next queue/ Take it to the next job/ I don't care, I don't care/ Take it anywhere just get out of here!!" Who hasn't needed to say this to somebody?

The soft rock melodies of "Pop" and "Photograph" are a fanfare of cruising guitars and pronounced ridges in the rhythms reminiscent of the likes of Midlake and Rogue Wave. The piano undertones on "Pop" recall pop metallists The London Quireboys with rolling rhythms that accelerate and ease off through the intervals. The final track "The Day My Baby Broke My Heart" is a soft pop jaunt preening with light synth fingerprints and heavy bass notes. Davis' vocals turn gravelly on the chorus parts and chew into the lyrics the way that Jim Morrison of The Doors did. The instruments singe different patterns with each song so the listener never has a chance to be bored.

According to the band's website, "The Rebellion takes its name from Eduard Hanslick, a 19th Century music critic of the Vienna Neue Freie Presse. A feared writer whose opinion could make or break a composer's career." The Hanslick Rebellion's EP is multi-hued and continually keeps your interest by giving each song its own persona. The harmonies and intricacies are spot on and deepen the band's appeal. The band's EP definitely whets your appetite to hear more from THR and to find out what more they have to offer.

-Susan Frances


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