Sunday, August 16, 2009

Rimsky's Defend the Castle Album Review

Hey again boys and girls, this is Dr. Gonzo II again...this time reviewing an album that I had purchased not so long ago at the Annex by Rimsky, which is an EP entitled: Defend the Castle. So without any further ado, here goes...

Rimsky Defend the Castle Album Image

False Confidence kicks off the album with its Kinks style guitar riffs and catchy pop lyrics. It's like rock n' roll at its finest, pure, fun, and simple! Rimsky himself spares no expense when it comes to lavish overproduction; as a matter of fact...his approach to mixing is that of a very old school approach; all the mics up against the amplifiers, everything recorded live, and no excuses! Serious musicians need only apply here, folks!

Libra sounds like something out of the Cheap Trick or Thin Lizzy catalogue. Very 70's style arena rock. If it wasn't for the fact that Rimsky is a local, I could have sworn that he was originally from Detroit Rock City! I even had to check my computer to make sure that I still had a CD player on board, for I even went as far as attempting to rewind the tape, thinking it was an eight track machine or something! And may I add that nowhere else, in this day and age, can you hear a very poignant chorus of "Ooooh, ooooh-ooh-oooh's!" adorning the likes of a very clever number such as this one!

The title track Defend the Castle springs up a myriad of likened artists. For a few bars, Rimsky sounds like Al Jardine doing his part for a Beach Boys' standard, but the progression of the song may be the direct consequence of throwing Tommy James and the Shondells, The Flaming Lips, and maybe even a bit of Eddie Van Halen's solo on Michael Jackson's Beat It into a musical blender and seeing what the outcome of it all is...and in this particular case, it's a great near three minute musical romp!

Silver Spoon is hands down my personal favorite off of this album. Lyrically, it's a very honest, satirical view on the struggles of a modern day musician having to deal with the industry while pleasing his fans, and perhaps not selling out in the process. "Everyone's in business, but I don't seem to have a clue... and all the hands are shakin' but I don't know how to make a move!" sings Rimsky. This has downright got to be the most brilliant phrase that I've seen (or heard) in a long time. It's amazing how the industry tends to settle for the more bland pop romanticism that saturates the airwaves in this day and age, and how people regard it as soulful or inspiring, when one can easily find some more honesty/truth/or whatever it is in the heart of underground indie. He then continues with: "Everything's a game, and no one wants to tell the truth, so we keep on hurtin' and smile because there's nothing new, step up here defenseless 'cause no one's going to get to you, and you're so far inside I don't think that love can rescue you!" I need not say more here, but it can all best be summed up in just these two or three (or maybe even four) words: Very fucking brilliant, indeed!

I Can't Picture Another Girl concludes the album, with its Elvis Costello-esque approach fueled with some really inspiring guitar licks possibly influenced by David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era glam rock. Is that Mick Ronson in your pocket, or are you just happy to be playing here? You can almost smell the tubes burning the tweed off of the amplifiers on this track! This track can best be defined as something out of the 50's doo wop concert hall rock category. Dance hall days are back again indeed! Be sure to pick up your copy of Rimsky's Defend the Castle!

This has been P.S. Elliott (AKA: Dr. Gonzo XXVII) reporting for the disassociated press, that is... The Gnoyze Guitar Mods & More Web Blog. Rock on, meng!

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