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Feedback Revival, "Feedback Revival"
- by Terra James-Jura

Feedback Revival released their newest self-titled album on January 30th, taking over the High Watt with a cast of friends to rattle some jaws in celebration. The album is 12 tracks thick with the guitar fuzz and heavy bass that the band has become known for. Some of the same faces from the stage lend their talent to the album: Matthew Page of Blackfoot Gypsies and Brian Bandas of The Low Down to name a few. Dan Fenton’s vocals lend satisfactory levels of badassery, and liberties with the English language such as “-she done walk with swagger-“ drive home the fact that things are more interesting a little raw (save for poultry). The same goes for the recording quality, where some tracks max out and sound better and more authentic for it. The band's sound is just to rough and tumble to be contained by conventional means.

Rock as it may, it is not an uplifting album. It is run through with themes of bad women, alcohol, misbehavior, suicide, and backlash against one’s origins. It is a canon of growing up angry and poor in the new South. Rebellion and dissatisfaction run rampant. There are myriad combinations of the words “gypsy,” “woman,” “voodoo,” and “dead man.” Even in the most upbeat track, “At Last” about a young woman leaving Tennessee only to discover that it was her one true home, I was quite sure the heroine was going to meet her untimely death somewhere in Los Angeles with a needle in her arm. 

But who said music is supposed to make you feel good, Princess? Why not angry, wronged, or frustrated, like the folks in these songs, and just about everybody else most of the time? ”Ballad of Loretta” opens with the best line in the album, “I’ve got tannins in my blood-“ stews in the anticipation of a man finally setting things right via shotgun and shovel. The third track, “Jesse James” revels in the macabre glee of being an outlaw. “Beautiful Life” is a biopic of some of the sad stories that can be found any Small Town USA.

The piano piece at the very end of the last track “Home" sums up the feel of the whole album. It’s a haunted 2 minutes with a building sense of panic as the keys start fluttering higher and higher. It sounds trapped, just like most of the characters in the album; fettered by bad relationships, choices, or an upbringing that offered no alternative to the status quo and clawing for some way out. The final chord struck ties the detour back to the track and essentially sighs “Aw hell,” in surrender.

This album retains Feedback Revival’s reputation for hard, mean rock perfect for Saturday nights or robbing trains. But it also lays bare a lot of ugly truths about the human condition. If you’re a person that likes women, drinking, fighting, and pausing briefly to reflect upon past mistakes and the futility of the present, then soldiering on because, shit, what else can you do, then pick up this record. These guys get you.







Feedback Revival



Omega Swan Releases "Earthbound"

Omega Swan released their single “Earthbound” on February 11th, with the underlying message: “We just want people to do whatever the f**k they want, no rules.” It’s stripped down and a little bit more New Wave than their party-heartier May 2013 “OS-1,” kind of what half of Devo would cook up in their garage. Personal objection to nihilism by and large aside (will no one think of the children?!), it’s a great track from a hard-rocking and endlessly entertaining band. A band that will be at the Other Basement this Valentine’s Day with Plastic Visions, Designer, Rachel, and Dogs of Oz, starting at 8pm and followed by a dance party DJ-ed by Treekeeper. If ever there was a night to get lucky, it would be this one. You’ll be leaving with a pocket full of panties. –Terra James-Jura


Natalie Salzman Releases "Ebb and Flow"

Natalie Salzman released her album, “Ebb and Flow” Jan. 5th of 2014. Recorded at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals with some of the original Swampers among the session players, it spans blues, country and pop in 7 tracks about love and loss. The album is fortified by her voice like a prodigal Judd and background as a classically-trained harpist. Though it may be the most in-organic instrument to load in, the harp finds place without ceremony, and this casual approach keeps it from veering off into the realm of gimmicky fusion or Adult Christian Contemporary. Of the whole album, “You Don’t Know What Is” has the most teeth. The next time Salzman plays Nashville will be at Ugly Mugs on March 15th. –Terra James-Jura



The Modern Royals, "Telephone"

The Modern Royals recently added some new music to their website, including this gem, “Telephone.” It’s slightly bluesy (thanks in part to their Chicago origins), and then veers off into the swirls of psychedelia, especially in the dual guitars on the back end of the song. “Here Today” keeps the same trippy vibe, but has a nice garage-y sprawl to it as well. Listen to them both on their website, then sign up for their newsletter to keep abreast of their activities. –Terra James-Jura


Weekend Itinerary

Here’s a brief round-up of the recommended goings-on in Nashville this weekend:

Friday: Josh Farrow The Deslondes, Banditos and Margo & the Price Tags take over The Basement for a night of western-tinged Americana. The show starts at 8 and costs $5.

Things will get loud and louder at The High Watt with That’s My Kid, Friendship Commanders, and Best Friend.  The show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5.

Saturday:  Starting at 10am until 6pm at Marathon Music Works is Cabin Fever Heyday, an indie-bazaar allowing the browsing of arts, crafts and vintage goods and the consumption of truck-food.  

The Mascot Theory, IIIrd ClassWheathouse and Marylanders (sp?) Pompeii Graffiti will tear you up fooBar for 5 bucks.

Artist of the Month winners The Dirty Things and Road to Bonnaroo crowd favorites Them Vibes play at Mad Donna’s.  Show is at 9, and the show is free.

Sunday: Southern rockers The Vegabonds and sharp popsters Dinner & a Suit will open for Fort Worth's The Unlikely Candidates at Exit/In.  Show starts at 9, and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.

Anchor Thieves, Weston & Friends, Mark Minelli and Valley Roots have you covered if most of your cash found its way into g-strings this weekend by playing at the Basement for free at 8.  Anchor Thieves were voted onto our Year End Poll for 2013, and the amusiement of decoding their website is enough to earn them a slot on 2014's list.



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