Randy Krbechek's Metronews
February 26, 1997
Yet Another Dead Guy on MTV
Sublime, Sublime (MCA
1996) - Sublime is the swan song from Brad Nowel,
the singer/songwriter/guitarist who died last summer of a drug overdose.
And that's too bad, because Sublime (which was formed in 1988 in Long
Beach) had a unique sound that mixed ska, punk, reggae, rap, and pop.
Which is to say, the 17 tracks on Sublime are unique.
Sublime was rounded out by Eric on bass guitar and Bud
on drum kit. The band's prior album, 40 Oz. to Freedom,
was self-produced for under $1,000, and sold more than 150,000 copies.
The anarchy of 40 Oz. to Freedom was toned down for Sublime,
which has a rich, perfectly-produced sound.
With such solid cuts as "What I Got" and "April 29, 1992 (Miami)", Brad
Nowel was solidly rooted in the same 'hood as Run DMC
and NWA. But his mix of rap, reggae, and lyrical melodies
forged beyond the average angry rap for a more humorous sound, while retaining
serious undertones. It's a shame we lost this talent at such a young age.
Don't overlook Sublime.
Hot Water, Hot Water
1996) - The trio that comprises Hot Water claims influences from Buddy
Rich to Waylon Jennings to Johnny Winters.
In the end, the threesome lays down a unpretentious rock-n-roll sound
with southern guitar-rock leanings.
Recorded at Treasure Isle Studios in
Nashville, Hot Water Music features James Patrick
on guitar and vocals, Lou Roberts on drums and backing
vocals, and Harlan Hendrickson on drums and backing vocals.
Guest appearances include Benmont Tench on piano and
organ, and Sonny Landreth on slide guitar.
With a sound that calls to mind Lynryd Skynrd crossed
with Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Doors,
the 12 tracks on Hot Water Music steer a steady course.
Says drummer Lou Roberts, "We did have a blast making the album. Plus,
we got to shoot off a whole mess of fireworks, at least until the cops
The songs like "Hard As I Try," the bluesy "December 17th," and the rocking,
"Same Day Twice," the youthful members of Hot Water have the chops to
go a long way. Try Hot Water Music.
Loud Family, Interbabe
Concern (Alias Records 1996) - The Loud Family, long-time
alternative favorites, have regrouped for Interbabe Concern.
The new album features a solid pop/punk sound, with psychedelic overtones.
Loud Family now consists of Kenny Kessel on bass, Don
Richardson on drums, Paul Wieneke on keyboards,
and singer/songwriter/guitarist Scott Miller.
Loud Family arose from the ashes of Scott's previous group, Game
Theory, which attracted attention as the 1984 winner of CMJ's
"Best Unsigned Band" poll. Interbabe Concern continues
in this alternative vein, while also mixing in more pop-oriented numbers
such as "Uncle Lucky." For a diverse 19-track alternative sampler, try
of Loaf, All
The Nations Airports (Alias Records 1996) - Continuing in
the same alternative/pop vein are the Archers of Loaf. In the four years
that the band has been in existence, the group has achieved widespread
alternative attention, while also keeping its listeners off guard.
Meaning that the Archers are not stuck in a rut. The band consists of
Eric Bachmann on guitars and vocals, Eric Johnson
on guitar, Matt Gentling on base, and Mark Price
on drums. The group appeared in Fresno a couple of years ago at a disastrous
show at the old Bisla's: We left around midnight, when
the promoter said that the Archers wouldn't hit the stage for at least
an hour. So we missed the live gig.
Now on their fifth album, the Archers took refuge in the studio, rather
than recording live as on their last two albums. As a result, the songs
have a more textured, hard-edged tone, as well as a more eccentric overall
feeling. Instrumentals break up the album, with piano helping to take
the edge off the furious moods that occur within All The Nations
Which is to say, the new album isn't an easy sell. But it has the quirky
overtones that helped the Ben
Folds Five take off. Look for the Archers at an airport near
-- Randy Krbechek
Copyright (c) Randy
David Anand Prasad with Idea Co.