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Jason Hill, Brian Karscig, Robbie Dodds, Jeff Winfrey, and Mark Maigaard of San Diego-based Convoy proved they knew how to craft a hit in 2001 with Caught Up In You, off their second album, Black Licorice. Critics compared their sound to an updated Rolling Stones with post-alternative West Coast overtones, but few picked up on the strength of their seventies' glitter/glam influence.
We're not talking the second-generation glam of the eighties' big-haired American boy-bands. We're talking original sin - the Velvet Underground and Stooges-inspired rock genre propelled to the forefront by David Bowie, T. Rex, and Roxy Music. Yes, Virginia, there was music in the seventies before Cheap Trick, disco, and Some Girls. Although never huge in America, glam dominated the scene elsewhere with partying in excess and decadence to the platform-stomping beats of outrageously coifed rockers like Slade, Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Queen, New York Dolls, Mott the Hoople, Alice Cooper, and Kiss.
When Hill, Karscig, and Maigaard (with Dodds joining in on some) headed to record a side project at Versailles, France, in 2003 to 2004, who would've guessed that they'd produce a masterpiece capturing the sound and feeling of that earlier generation? Don't get me wrong, this isn't retro-rehash - this is as fresh as it gets! They've created a thoroughly updated and fuller sound not even dreamed of way back when. They've reinvented themselves to create a whole new concept of rock interpreted through the self-absorbed and over-indulgent views of a slightly delusional dude who thinks of himself as l'empereur Louis XIV. Let them eat cake indeed!Read more ›
They were fantastic at the Metro in Chicago last week with an incredible wall of sound and rifs chunkin on and on between the best songs. If I closed my eyes I could swear Marc Bolan and Adam Ant had managed to get the Kinks to back them on all a bunch of new songs.
This EP has 2 bonus tracks that do not appear on the Little Secrets album. They are Marc and Louis Reprise (which ends 1 min before a 9 sec sound burst finishes the track).
Note that there is a previously recorded album as Convoy...it's called Black Licorice and is not hard to find.
All Hail Rock And Roll!
It's not overwrought, over thought intellectual mind-meld-with-the-artist kind of stuff, haters. Like it's namesake, Louis XIV is decadent, if not entirely full of cheeky self-absorption and excess. I've had this EP for a full month. I'm kind of embarrassed and a little ashamed that I haven't listened to it until yesterday. And now I'm going into that weirdly obsessive state where I've listened to it over and over for the last 2 days. Perhaps I'm hearing things that aren't really there and giving them more props that I actually should...
For those haters out there who may doubt my word, perhaps you'll be dazzled by this most trivial piece of utterly useless fluff: Louis XIV have toured with The Killers. Frankly, the Killers really don't do much for me and I find Louis XIV immensely more original, though I won't go so far as to say I don't like the Killers because, well, a statement that scandalous could threaten the sanctity of my marriage. Uh, but this review is about Louis XIV... They rule!
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My friend in Memphis played this for me, and I immediately returned home, found it, bought it, and am still enjoying the hell out of it. (turn it up loud at 80 m.p.h.). Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by mrman66
A friend introduced me to their music last year while they were a local band playing in San Diego. I absolutely love them and cannot get enough of their music.Published on October 28, 2005 by R. Groe
The sunny city of San Diego has recently spat out the darkest, sexiest band ever to smack of Marc Bolan. Read morePublished on July 4, 2005 by EA Solinas
To me this band is reminiscent of Nick Cave and Bauhaus, both of whom I love. It's really terrific to hear something different and mind-blowing for once. I hope they keep it up.Published on March 9, 2005 by M. Meury