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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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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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