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The Cult Inside My Head

Stalking Horse

(VOW; US: 3 Apr 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Euthanize the Horse, Please

“Are you fucked up inside your head?”
“Are you fucked up inside my head?”


Had enough, yet? Well if you just can’t wait to hear those two lines delivered ad nauseum over the course of a painful three minutes, then just jump right into “Entangling”, the fifth track off the debut album of The Cult Inside My Head. This is an album that’s almost painful to go through: former Subtle Plague singer Pat Aspat gathers a slew of Bay Area friends together to make an album of has-been indie rock. Emphasis on “has been”. There are actually two songs that are worse than “Entangling”: the regrettable “look at me I’m cool” rock of “Hip By Association” (and any thoughts of this being a satirical piece are thrown out the window very early on) and the lyrically short “About”. The whole thing comes off like Iggy Pop trying to make a John Frusciante solo album and failing miserably. Yet, this album could’ve easily been a coaster were it not for a few saving tracks: the flower-power rock of “Skin Deep” works well (largely because Aspat didn’t write it) and the stellar bass-heavy “Divided Pointed” which not only rides a hook that’s amazingly strong, but with Aspat’s barely there voice dressed up in distortion, it proves to be the, hands down, most engaging moments on the album. With that said, Aspat’s a pretty good lyricist, but it’s so easy to write off his five-dollar-word lines as the pinnacle of pretentiousness. His vocal delivery and the album’s dry production makes the smarty pants quotient get horribly lost on its journey to the listeners’ ear, but hey—that’s what sophomore albums are for, right?

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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