steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Pailface Boogie

"Pamplemousse D'autobus" CDR


Genres: psychedelic blues, psychedelic rock, rock

Pailface Boogie
778 Brant St Unit#2
Burlington, ON
Canada L7R 2J2

Sep 9 - 15 2002

Pailface Boogie's goals are as follows:

- Play as many shows as possible
- Record proffesional [sic] quality recordings
- International distribution
- Record contract
- Fulfill our life long dreams
- Have someone go home at the end of a hard day and it be our album that they pick up to pick them up!

Hmm... aside from the humorously ironic misspelling of "professional", these goals seem to be in order. So that's all fine and dandy, but it strikes me that the band's style of "psychedelic blues" may not fit in all that well on a mainstream scale. Not only is their genre a bit of a limited niche, but the music itself often seems loose and unfocussed, resulting in an occasionally substandard result. While the songs are certainly enjoyable to listen to ("Little Pill," for example, hits a nice, laidback groove at mid-song and holds on to it until the end), their recording style could use a little work.

That said, there are lots of positive aspects to the band's music. "Gronion", which could be the album's best moment, exemplifies these qualities well, producing a dark atmosphere that sounds like Black Sabbath crossed with The Grateful Dead, with a bit of a Tool-esque modern influence tossed in as well. "Yummy" is also a success, with a surprisingly infectious melody to soothe your pop cravings.

Altogether, Pamplemousse D'autobus has its problems, but all in all ends up being a great choice for those whose ears perk up at the idea of Grateful Dead-esque "psychedelic blues."

Oh yeah, and the title of this album means "Grapefruit of Bus" when translated from French.  Hmm...


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 36 min 9 sec; 6 tracks; distributed by the band; released 2002]