Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CD Review: New Music From Chicago's The Luck Of Eden Hall And Mutts

From Chicago comes the psychedelic rock band The Luck Of Eden Hall, who have been very busy, cranking out their third album in just over a year with “Alligators Eat Gumdrops.” This follows on the heels of their two volume set, “Butterfly Revolutions.” The album starts off with the trippy sounds of “High Heeled Flippers” as a single piano chord leads the way. The band introduces sitar into the mix on the sixties rocker “Bangalore.” The band continues with their flashback to the sixties with “Ten Meters Over The Ground” and “Green Faery.” The Luck of Eden Hall show their range on the folk sounding “Wasting The Days of Youth” before closing the album with the heavy rock guitar riffs of “This is Strange” and “Alligators Eat Gumdrops.”

The Luck of Eden Hall has a show in Burlington in October before appearing on Chicago’s late night talk show, “Seven On Ridge” on November 9th. For more information, please visit theluckofedenhall.com.

Also from the Chicago area is the blues trio Mutts with a new album, “Separation Anxiety.” They are also coming off the high-praise of their last album “Pray for Rain” which was released last year. The vocals of Mike Maimone are very low and gruff on the opening songs “So Many So Many” and “Washington (Still) Owns People.” The band’s adds a grunge, punk sound to their repertoire with “Half Mile” and “Now Now Now,” but then move back into blues country with “Uninvited” and “Tire Swing Blues.” They save the best for last with the title song, “Separation Anxiety” as the band sounds like an old-fashion jazz band on speed, lead by Tom Waits.

Mutts have a load of dates on their tour schedule. Check out muttsmusic.com for a complete list of dates and information on the new album.

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