This is the Fleshpeddlers' third release, the second one with this line-up that includes Todd Milleacker, Kris Verplank and Scott Woodford. I suppose that the musical style could be described as 'indie-pop.' It's certainly not goth though at times it borders on industrial. At times the guitars grind, the keyboards sparkle, the synths dazzle, but it's still indie-pop. They describe themselves as "a garage band with synthesizers"...fair enough.
At first, I was groaning inside... "oh no, another bunch of guys with ironic t-shirts and ironic hair & ironic glasses" type band to suffer through, al la Weezer (no, there are no photos furnished, but this is a type of band I see all the time on MTV2).
But, I read the lyric sheet furnished and really listened. OK, I am a sucker for clever lyrics. This is why I love Sparks, Anthrax, Blue Oyster Cult and del Amitri - the lyrics. And this band has that...the sometimes weird, sometimes angst-filled words sung over quirky tunes. Words like:
"And I don't understand why she came to
Dressed up in leather and looking to score and the
Look in her eyes and those sultry lips, brought out
An honesty in me I could not resist when I said,
"I'm sorry, but you've got the wrong address..." "
"You're so happy, it makes me sick,
You're so happy, I can hardly deal with that
Crocodile smile, those walrus teeth,
I don't understand what you want from me."
(Walrus Teeth, which reminded me a bit of The Cure!)
So, give this band a listen if you like your music a bit off kilter, especially lyric-wise. I don't know if they tour at all (they are from Minnesota), but, if they do, could someone tell me if they look "ironic?"
Post: 8136 Rhode Island Circle South, Bloomington, MN, 55438