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Tourettes

Good Evening Everybody

(Self-Released; US: Unavailable; UK: 2007)

Scotland, home of the Loch Ness Monster and the deep fried Mars bar, is also a wellspring of wonderfully diverse, melancholy, folk-based music. As a power trio from Edinburgh, the Tourettes are into everything from Bob Marley to Blind Melon, from roots to electronics. However, their debut four-track EP sees them focusing on formulating a response to ‘90s post-grunge, Sublime, and the pirate resurgence. “The Pirate Song” is absolutely essential for any Jack Sparrows fan, detailing the exploits of a vengeful captain over a tasty bassline and a fondly familiar alternative lead. “Cowboy Horrorshow” plays out an homage to late ‘60s progressive and Mars Volta jams which is totally solid and interesting instrumentally, but the vocals are a little lost in the mix. All in all, Good Evening Everybody is a fine introduction and a fitting tribute to their influences, showcasing their ability to rawk out like it’s 1999, but they need to exude a little more transcendence in their form if they’re going to make a impression on this flavor of the week landscape.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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