on October 11, 2002
I happened to catch this band live at the HMV record store in NYC and was hugely impressed. But then I bought this debut cd and I was just blown away. I was immediately struck by the manner in which every song seemed so fresh, so mysterious and like nothing I've ever heard before, yet at the same time it was clear that this music seemed to literally be distilled from the very purest roots of American music, blues, country, and eveything else it inspired. The instrumentation and muscianship are superb (acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, cello, accordian, harmonica and percussion), and the lyrics are nothing short of amazing. The songs are superby crafted, intelligent, and captivating. The aura and mysique surrounding this band is also very mysterious, hailing from the legendary Sleepy Hollow, NY. Buy this CD, set an hour of time aside to listen, and you will immediaely be transported to Slambovia -- a place you have never been before, but will not want to leave. I haven't taken it out of the cd player since I purchased it!
on June 9, 2005
This group is fantastic live and you haven't really heard the power of these songs unless in that venue. There is great, and sincere, creativey here; authentic musicianship and real song-writing craftmanship. They continue to just get better (hint: Flapjacks From The Sky).
They are literally my favorite band bar none currently recording in the world. Most definitely worth a listen or two to the uninitiated...you will join the Circus!
I've heard of these guys any number of times, but I finally got around to giving them a good listen. Wow. Makes me think of Dylan with a bar band. Ok, the writing is not so iconic, but this is really good stuff. I love it in the car; I even listen to it in the office. Makes me remember that I used to be a whole lot less conventional. Discovering good music is always a little rebirth.