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Art Catharsis

"Prologue" CDR EP

Art Catharsis Music

Genres: pop/rock, rock, hometaper

Dec 13 - 19 2004

I've used the word "catharsis" incorrectly enough times to know it's a very pretentious thing to say, but Art Catharsis is far from stuck-up.  Instead, this is a rather humble release; sole band member Brian Tashima plays simple hometaper pop/rock tunes, based on standard musical concepts and recorded with terrible production values.  Prologue is three songs long, and, while at times promising, it is ultimately unsatisfying.  "Bend" definitely has a solid melody (think The Police and The Offspring combined), but it sounds generic and dull.  Brian's "Anti-Love Song" is lyrically bitter and lame - as well as musically bland - while "The Great Escape" sounds like a less catchy Weezer demo.  Maybe if the recording quality was a bit better, this would have worked - however, full-fledged rock music like this needs better production - and, excepting "Bend," better songwriting - to sound good.


Fun Fact: If I've done my research correctly, Brian Tashima used to live in Hawaii, where he played with a band called Tone Deaf Teens, before moving to the state of Washington.  I can't tell if that's a "fun" fact or not, but I doubt it.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the artist, released 2003]