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Cezanne

Breaking Bats for Jesus

(Hearttooth Records; US: 12 Apr 2005; UK: Available as import)

Cezanne’s John Daugherity took the DIY ethic to the max with his latest release, Breaking Bats For Jesus. Not only did Daugherity record and produce the album, but he even made the cover art! Cezanne started as Daugherity’s solo project until he eventually recruited members from Craigslist.com to play live gigs (Craiglist, our where would we be without you?). BBFJ is minimalist indie rock that swaggers like a lo-fi Interpol with a hint of shoegazing. The lazy, distorted “I’ve Got So Much” features Daugherity harmonizing with himself to the tune of a languid, bass-heavy riff. His voice is intentionally drowsy during the verse, but then soars on the chorus. Lamenting an ill-fated love on “In Snow”, Daugherity moans over a light drone and a fuzzy lo-fi riff. The album gets a bit repetitive toward the end, especially the six-and-a-half minute “Hell’s Bells”, but it’s an impressive effort from a guy would couldn’t get signed and decided to do everything (and I mean everything) completely on his own.

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Joe is a freelance writer who focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. His work has been published at AOL Music, Staten Island Advance, NYDailyNews.com, and SIDump.com. One semester away from mastering J-School over at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Joe lives in a pastoral abode out on Staten Island where he enjoys the solitude and the whiskey.


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