Pushcars Apartment D is a pleasant surprise
for a new release in this post 90s pop/rapmetal dominated world. The hardest
task in reviewing this CD is trying to classify it in a music genre; I
have tried in vain for weeks and still havent come up with a workable
style to place it into, because it really borrows from a lot of genres.
At times its Radiohead, early Soul Asylum, The Posies or the Pixies, at
others it sounds a bit like the Smiths and then takes off in a different
direction all together with a convincing post grunge alterna-pop, add in
some thought provoking Acid Rock and thats just the first two tracks!
The thing about Pushcar is they fall into
the Radiohead/Beck/Pink Floyd trap where fans will either love it to death
or not understand what all the hoopla is about. The hoopla is the fact
that this is thinking fans music. It doesnt follow set conventions, it
doesnt aspire to be anything its not and it sure as hell doesnt use
a pop formula. What you get when you pop Apartment D into your CD player
are twelve well crafted musical adventures, not some bland play and write
by the numbers formula rock songs.
If you are musically adventurous enough
to check out this disc, you will end up with twelve solid tracks that easily
stand on thier own with each exploring different musical directions, while
maintaining solidarity in style. Very few bands can pull this off, most
end up like U2 simply rehashing and reworking the same song over and over
again hoping the fans dont notice how limited the music really is. Not
so with Pushcar.
Pushcar the band is a collaboration between
Jim Saunders and Chris Farrell with a host of guest musicians plying their
talents to complete the picture.
Fans of Orange County Hard Core might recognize
the name Jim Saunders, he once headed up the band Second Thoughts, which
released a successful self titled CD and shared the stage with The Offspring,
No Doubt and the Adolescents. Pushcar is a whole other world for Jim, with
his partnership with Chris Farrell they have found their muse and musical
Chris found success in the California music
scene with his bands Bubbis and Curse Toast. Jim joined with Chris briefly
in Curse Toast, but their musical fortunes were elsewhere so when the band
broke up in 1998 they decided to form Pushcar and combine their songwriting
talents to create a modern day Lennon/McCartney or, if you prefer, Gilmore/Waters
The CD has a surreal feel to it that captures
a live vibe but also has a polish to the production that would stand up
to any major label effort. In fact, a hard-core music fan would be hard
pressed to find many full-length albums that measure up on production value
alone. Amazingly, this album wasnt recorded in one of the worlds finest
recording studios, all of the recording sans the drums took place in Jim's
apartment D in Santa Monica, Ca.
Rich harmonies, catchy melodies mixed with
some remarkable guitar leads that capture some of the best elements of
rock music from the past four decades, Apartment D is a necessary addition
to any serious music fans CD collection.
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