Call Me Alice All Against 5ive
By Marcus Pan
Call Me Alice first appeared on the scene
as a novelty act of sorts an elusive group who threw a big "virtual
concert" in one of those online reality worlds where people went in to hang out
as avatars that were cropping up all over the place. Legends reviewed their
previous releases(1), including a demo(2) from back in 2000. I reviewed the
demo myself and came out the end with a verdict that told of it being
interesting but somewhat gimmicky with a very garage feel. Not much in
the way of production.
Fast forward...Call Me Alice kicks out All Against
5ive with just as much gimmick but a world's difference in production
values. Solid mixing, talented musicians and a more professional appeal, CMA
graduate into the world of big music. The folks in the band still use their
monikers Crosby (vocals), Epiphany (low freq. encryption?), Aughustine
(melodic wire induction?), the Thrawn (percussion) and Jude (sonic simulation?)
and they are still escapees from the mental institution where they claim to
have started. Only this time they're better sounding all around.
Falling from the get go will shred in powerfully with
Crosby's strong vocals and heavy riffing guitar work with enough electronics to
keep things interesting without cliche'. It's one of the better goth rock tunes
to show up this month. Out of Sight slows it down into a power ballad
with beautiful vocal harmonies and solid make-up. Another great track
back then I wondered who Call Me Alice thought they were. Now I know they're
one of the better goth rock staples out there and have lasted a lot longer than
most of them for good reason.
One of my favorite recent basslines in System Backup.
So far Call Me Alice goes three for there on All Against 5ive.
Electrical Jesus I remember as one of their earlier singles. Modernized,
given an injection of better mastering and just plain performed with the
maturity they've earned since, and also a bit heavier if memory serves (which
it might not, in which case pretend you didn't read this sentence it's
nearly 1AM). Finally, three remixes close off this album one of which is
Bald which doesn't have an original on this album for some reason. The
Defrag Remix of System Backup however strips the guitars from the
original and turns it into a trip-hop groove with Crosby rapping the lyrics...
it's probably the best track on All Against 5ive.
Call Me Alice has done something that has become nigh on
impossible to this 33 year old goth bassist. They've impressed me. Surpassing
their last release in almost every possible way from packaging to
production, musicianship to rocking. Thanks to them for impressing me...I've
been needing that for a long long time.
(1) 2000 was reviewed in Legends #111 and Sweet New
Disease in the more recent Legends #135.
(2) Reviewed way back in Legends
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