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Pailface Boogie

"Ali Jama vs. the Dirty Needle Blues Band" CDR


Genres: space rock, psychedelic blues

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Jun 23 - 29 2003

Despite the shoddy packaging and the CDR format of their releases, Pailface Boogie are a solid psychedelic blues rock band.  and they've got something to prove with Ali Jama vs. the Dirty Needle Blues Band.

With a heavy Pink Floyd influence and buckets full of talent, Pailface Boogie come on strong right off the bat with the infectious space-rock anthem "The Light."  Six minutes long, it's a lengthy voyage, but the departure is welcome.  They've clearly proven they're more than just a bar band - and we're only at track one.  Further into the album, the band continues the spacey, slow feel with "Titian," rocks things up with "Expand" and the riffy "Yummy," and even shoves in two goofy yet still effective pop-based numbers, "The Air Is Gettin' Slippery" and "Somethin's Wrong In Spain."  Even the closer, a nine-minute cover of Pink Floyd's classic "Breathe," is done in a beautifully spaced-out manner.  And it's surprising that it's all recorded so well, a rarity with CDR releases.

Altogether, this is a recommended purchase for Floyd fans and those looking for some bluesy space rock.  Nice.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 songs, distributed by the band, released 2003]