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Then came "The Ponzi Scheme", who's release had to be delayed because of its innovative design. Tod A, who is both a frontman and a graphic designer, decided to encase the CD in a metal tin. Unfortunetly, there was a surplus demand in cat food, and the tin manufactorer had to delay. The Ponzi Scheme, with its spy themes and broken dreams headed Firewater more towards a rock direction, with several songs sticking in the listeners head for hours on end (but in a good way).
Now, almost four years later, comes PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, delayed ultimately by a protracted battle with a record company and several producers. Perhaps the album is better off for it, however. The three years in time seem like three light year sin distance, and here is a brand new firewater that manages to combine all of the disparate influences rather than bounce almost self-consciously from one to the next. DOn't get me wrong, I love Ponzi and Cross, but PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY is a truly great and ground breaking rock album in and of its own right, regardless of whether you like the band or not.Read more ›
Psychopharmacology comes four years since Firewater’s last release, The Ponzi Scheme, which was close on the heels of the first release Get off the Cross (We Need the Wood for the Fire). In the past, Tod A. (who used to front the band Cop Shoots Cop) has had help from Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, Yuval Gabay of Soul Coughing, and is joined once again on this new release by Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields.
Firewater is more irresistible than Harvey Danger and less lollipop than Squirrel Nut Zippers, while still appealing to the wit and sound of those two bands. Rarely is an album so catchy and so tongue-in-cheek that it keeps getting better and better each time you hear it. Psychopharmacology is destined to take up permanent residence in your CD player, so make room. Lyrics like, “And I would train to be an astronaut if I weren’t afraid of heights, and you know I could be a supermodel if you turned out all the lights,” will be swimming around between your ears for days. It may require therapy, even a lobotomy to get Psychopharmacology out of your head.
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Perhaps I'm alone here, but I found this album poppy and hollow in comparison to The Golden Hour, which I find brilliant.Published on January 21, 2009 by PM
This is a fantastic album, from start to finish.
Firewater definitely has a sense of how to arrange the songs on an album, and this one is no different. Read more
The latest effort from Tod A and the rest is they type of music that large record companies wouldn't like you to know about. Read morePublished on November 13, 2001 by semanticfelon
...But evolution is just all part of The Fittest Regime.
This album emerges as, possibly, one of the greatest, musically, and foreshadowing, lyrically, of this year. Read more
I downloaded this album from emusic.com, having never heard of the band before. I was totally impressed. Read morePublished on September 15, 2001 by Robin Norris