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The Going-Away Party is the debut EP from Dayton Oh-based art rock collective Complete Portion Control, related by birth to Dayton lo-fi legends Guided By Voices. Imagine Mark E. Smith from The Fall if he'd gone to a Swiss prep school. Imagine jagged, cyclic rhythms with inscrutable, repetitive vocals ranging from sweet crooning to insane shouting. Imagine a drug experiment gone badly wrong.

About the Artist

"Money changes everything," Cyndi Lauper famously warbled in her 1982 cover of the obscure Brains song. But for Complete Portion Control, money changes nothing. While CPC’s life of privilege has been known to make even close friends literally green with envy (this fortunately turned out to be a harmless ear infection), its music is determinedly of, by, and for the people. In its own way, Complete Portion Control’s mercilessly uncompromising Prep School Of Rock crosses borders of class and status more fluidly, and certainly more gracefully, than the highest street-credentialed outfit (though these days, seems you can win your Merit Badge just by shooting dope in an alleyway with some guy who used to be in The Dictators — too easy! says CPC). Recorded in three strange days at bandleader Viv Florida's country estate in upstate New York, The Going-Away Party is a bittersweet ode to growing up young, good-looking, and rich. The music reflects a thorough-going stylistic ease — genre hopping from the sound-collage pastiche of "Destroyer" to the minimalist bass chug/five guitar army right angles of "Right Rex/Ape?" to the pastoral mock piano balladry of "Sell Your House In 9 Days," which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Tindersticks record. Throughout, guitar sounds, filtered through some kind of magic reverb/compression machine, played with manic intensity and a borderline-nuts adherence to the songs’ simple chordal structures, skitter and slide and jut obliquely through the listener’s sound field — this may be the most three-dimensional record ever made. The glue that holds CPC’s complex sonic popsicle-stick architecture together (Florida's claims influence from Frank Gehry’s nearby Fisher Center For The Performing Arts, which he also claims to have partially funded) is Florida's elastic voice, which ranges from a monotone chant, to sweet crooning, to Mark E. Smith-style ranting vitriol, to a fearsome Primal Scream that can only be the result of serious methyl-adrenaline experimentation. "When The Verve wrote ‘The Drugs Don't Work,’" explains Florida's regarding CPC’s substance abuse policy, "my reaction — and I think everyone's reaction, really — was ‘well, sure, not if you can't afford the good stuff, pal.’ In my opinion he just wasn't trying."

By way of illustration, he refers to the two "CPC Adjunct Players" listed in the gnomic credits on the back sleeve of the EP, Danny Gibson and Shawn O’Sullivan. These two, Florida's insists, were "really just a couple of curious art students from nearby Bard College who wandered over to HenHouse attracted by the pretty lights and the noise. We spiked their lemonade with a massive dose of LSD and recorded the results. Which is actually the same trick Crispin Glover played on me in nursery school, re-contextualized." He pauses for a sip of tea, and takes a drag on his Gauloise. "Good times," he sighs, exhaling a blue plume of smoke in the shape of a sailboat.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: October 4, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Flex Records
  • ASIN: B0007P6ELW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morey Pazol on February 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With the cool ubertones of post-Allan Parsons' Project "I Robot" releases, the debut release by CPC does its best to integrate the many influences of its lead singers' modest Midwestern upbringing. Don't let the liner notes fool you, these guys are from a dull working class Dayton, Ohio exurb best known as the home of Kenny Rogers (the broasted chicken restaurant, not the singer). The lead singers' kaleidoscopic experience as a long distance freight driver, southwestern hippie commune supplicant, strip club poet, ADD drug prophet, and canine philanthropist certainly adds to the mix. While lacking the brilliance and staying power of a meat sandwich, the record leaves one with the distinct and altogether familiar feeling of having undergone full body hair removal by droll aspiring literary agents. Best tracks here are "Ukraniana" and "Destroyer". Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Moore on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the best debut recordings I've heard in ages. These guys are serious experimentalists, emphasis on mental. Understand that it's some ex-members of Guided By Voices (do I detect the deft telecaster stylings of Tobin Sprout?) but this definitely stands on its own as a left-field classic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Smith on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of my new favorites. A bit reminiscient of early Pavement, with a hint of The Fall and a touch of GBV. Complete Portion Control makes Conor Oberst and the other new kids seem like they're trying just a bit too hard. Intriguing lyrics set against a background of really cool music. CPC creates new possibilities with their sonic landscapes - not like Moby, though. You'll get it after a few listens....well worth the adventure.
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