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Thee American Revolution

Buddha Electrostorm

(Garden Gate; US: 10 Nov 2009; UK: Import)

Review [14.Feb.2012]

Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo follows his indie-rock muse wherever it may lead, be it multiple side projects, producing, or even children’s music. Never content to just be in one band, Schneider has always got a pot on every burner and a butane tank that never empties. Such an overachiever could not have ingested as many chemicals as suggested by the tripped-out sounds of his latest effort, Thee American Revolution’s Buddha Electrostorm. It has guitars fuzzier than a basketful of kiwi and lyrics about windowpanes, planets, and blowing your mind (and not just on the track “Blow My Mind”). As always, Schneider keeps one foot firmly planted in the ‘60s, but this time he dips a toe into early ‘70s dirthead-isms as well. This psych isn’t all that heavy, and there’s not a world of difference between Thee American Revolution and the Apples in Stereo. But Buddha Electrostorm provides for a fun listen when you prefer your apples with a bit more crunch.

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