steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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Pie Eyed Pete

"Death of a Teenage Idol" CD

Lanky Monkey Records

Genres: Southern rock, country-rock

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Dec 16 - 22 2002

Catchy, fun, and pretty darn rockin', Pie Eyed Pete mix traditional Americana with a tangy rock edge. Death of a Teenage Idol is a perfect example of their style; each of the songs is completely satisfying and infectious - you could have these tunes stuck in your head for days. Similarities can be drawn to The Supersuckers and, more recently, The Ribeye Brothers.

As is always the case, some songs stick out more than others. "Nowhere," the album's first track, is a gritty little ditty that would work perfectly heading off a long road trip. "Won't Fool Me," meanwhile, is the perfect slower song, mixing the Americana rock influences of the other tracks with a calmer, horn-laced atmosphere. And then there's "Grandaddy," one of the album's best; it mixes the Southern rock stylings of Huevos Rancheros with Pete's signature growl. Other tracks, like the Nashville-styled "Give It Up" and the funky "Get Me Home (Please)" also are sure to satisfy.

If you're the type of person who just likes to pop open a beer and chill sometimes, this gritty, catchy music will be perfect for you. Nice.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks; distributed by the band; released 2001