CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

July 2009

UNTHINKABLES Untitled

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email: unfo@unthinkables.net

Now I know what the inside of Roger Grierson's brain looks like. I only had to put on this cd by Unthinkables to absorb a complete understanding of the organised chaos that resides between his ears. Roger is what you'd call an 'ideas man' and he, along with fellow Unthinkable Phil Judd, have made an album chock full of ideas. The last album I heard stuffed to the brim with so much pop-shop goodies was the incredible Avalanches Since I Met You.

There are ten songs on the unimaginatively titled Untitled album but if you missed the gaps between the songs it could be seen as a 38 minute plate of random dialogue grabs from tv shows, movies and the kitchen sink. All seemingly painstakingly placed in, around and over the top of riffs and rockin' beats (real drums too, it seems from reading the liner notes). It reminded me of the 80s. On acid at Stranded in the 80s specifically.

The album starts with sexy surf guitar on 'Kiss The Dream Goodbye'. Then the dialogue starts spewing out -which sets the tone for the rest of the album. This song even has a fade out! Watch out mums, you're gonna be spooked next time you flick on the radio! If you want proof that John Lennon wasn't joking when he said to the engineer "make it sound orange" then 'Who Killed Vaudeville?' is full of so much carnivale that you can definitely hear buckets of colour swirling out of your speakers.

And on it goes. It's a mind-blowing listen!

Listening to the Unthinkables, I kept thinking of Roger's mind. He's had his fingers in a lot of pies over the years and I've seen firsthand how he brain-juggles answers and questions. He has helped a lot of musicians, myself included, as a guy not-so-behind-the-scenes and his love of music and pop culture is second to none. I've just never understood how he sees talent in Dave Studdert!

On the hand, I know nothing at all about Phil Judd except he was an original Spit Enzer and the guy behind, or should I say, in front of the Swingers 'Counting the Beat'. He's done an incredible job putting this cacophony together.

An extra gold star for the cd booklet. A page for each song and, unlike the music, a simple, yet thought-provoking image. Untitled is available through MGM Distribution or direct from their website. - 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
Itís 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 SOUFFL… - 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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