We always like a band here at Musicmuso who are formed from drunken nights playing songs with friends. That's what real music is about. And so, step forward Another Dead Clown, consists of Chris O'Keeffe, Gerad O'Shea, Meagan Brus and Ian Deming (and apparently some of the audience at their live shows, where you're likely to be handed some form of random instrument to lend a hand with!).
Opener 'Akashic Field' blasts by in a delightful wave of breeziness, like musical sunshine. The equally gorgeous 'Spenser's Bad News' sounds like REM on their summer holidays, and the wistfulness of 'Eva's Guitar' is a nice contrast to this opening duo. On 'Pyramids', they even manage to evoke the sound of Pixies, thanks to some lovely male/female intertwining vocals that adds another level to their sound.
Although this album is only 30 minutes long, it twists and turns along the way so that each new track is a surprise, a gem just waiting to be found. On the purely acoustic 'For The Aeroplane', an almost folk aspect is portrayed, before - bang - we're hit with trumpets! It should be a shock, yet it raises a smile at how inventive and enthusiastic the group are.
By the time the closing track 'Holy Fuck!!!' comes along (and bursts into life in the final third of the song) you're wishing the end hadn't come so early and that you could play it all over again. And guess what, you can!
With an 'all-inclusive' ethos to their performances, Another Dead Clown are a world away from their ever-so-slightly emo name, and are just the tonic for those long summer days we're (finally) enjoying here in the UK.
Tracks: Akashic Field / Spenser's Bad News / Eight Miles to Ludlow / Eva's Guitar / Pyramids / Drinking Song #4 / For The Aeroplane (You Could, You Could) / The Ghost of Frank O'Hara / Holy Fuck !!!
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