CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

November 2008

LARMO CUSACK Amateur Philosophy

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I haven't had some good old punkrock in a while and was very impressed with this ten-track collection by Larmo Cusack. Everything is written and recorded by one-man-band Larmo (on an Tascam 688 eight track) and if you close your eyes (therefore not reading the liner notes) you'd swear it was a tough band blasting out mini-anthems for disillusioned, and, as we discover later, lovesick folks everywhere.

Apart from the last track, all the songs are up-tempo punk. Now what I am calling punk here is a cross between 60s garage punk (like the Seeds and the Sonics) and mid-80s nuggets like the Angry Samoans. As Glenn Frey said to Jackson Browne in the mid-70s "punk is an attitude". Of all people! The vocals are quite low in the mix, which suits the overall feel of the album, but is a bit of a shame as it sounds like the lyrics are worth hearing. Did I hear Buck's Fizz mentioned in 'If I Went Sailing'? Luckily there is a lyric sheet included so I can confirm that he really does sings: "there'd be no yacht rock/ just sea shanties and Buck's Fizz".

'Give To You' starts out as a bonafide pop song with acoustic guitar and tight little drums but then the fuzzed-out guitar comes blasting in while Larmo opens his heart: "Faith and love is what I try to give to you/faith and love from an honourable man". Sounds cheesy, right? Maybe on paper, but in the song it works a treat.

There's even a song 'Pretty Fruity' - that could possibly pass as an instrumental, as the incredibly-low-in-the-mix-vocals finally come in at the 1:22 point. The last song 'Gush' is the drumless wonder and is the perfect way to end the album. It has a great melody and wonderful lyrics: "Killing time with you/it's so divine/stack of 45s/and a bottle of wine".

All we know about Larmo Cusack is he plays drums in Brisbane bands the Dangermen and the Money, and also runs garage rock label Swashbuckling Hobo Records. Busy man. And we're glad he took the time out to record some of his own songs. Cool stuff. – ND


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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