Genres: jazz-rock, metal
Dec 1 - 7 2003
label likes to think of Typewash as "the world's only
trombone-led freak/metal band." What a gimmick -- although it's not entirely true.
are far from metal - they're more like a jazz-influenced rock band,
combining rock concepts with jazz rhythms and a funky, jumpy exterior.
Typewash's debut album, Beekey, starts off on a good
note. "Clobberin' Time" is the closest this album gets
to hard rock; its funky attitude and jazz-like rhythm give it a sound
not unlike that of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and the
fuzzed-out vocals only further add to this notion. "Love
Song," meanwhile, is a groovy, boppy piece of dark comedy that
just bleeds morality and good taste.
Overall, this is an interesting and fun album, but it also drags a
bit at times, and isn't as melodic as one would expect. A song
like "Clobberin' Time" makes for good listening (it must be
awesome live), but I'd prefer a disc that's consistently
fantastic. Nonetheless, I'm sure this won't be the last time I
listen to Beekey; there's something about Typewash that
just begs to be heard.
[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2002]