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Drexel - The Inevitable Is Available (Cover Artwork)

Drexel

Drexel: The Inevitable Is AvailableThe Inevitable Is Available (2002)
Fork In Hand

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: mfmf
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Drexel, Hailing from Boston, MA., Has been around for ages - but for resons unknown to the author, has never seemed to gain the attention they rightly deserve. Perhaps because it's difficult to describe them - and indeed this could be the biggest reason you'll love them. Or, the biggest reason you'l.
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Drexel, Hailing from Boston, MA., Has been around for ages - but for resons unknown to the author, has never seemed to gain the attention they rightly deserve. Perhaps because it's difficult to describe them - and indeed this could be the biggest reason you'll love them. Or, the biggest reason you'll hate them. If I was absolutely forced to explain them, I'd say "Artsy Punk". Maybe because (I think) there's a few degrees in Music from Boston's Berkley powering this band.

Marc - who translates to maybe Jeff Highway - used to be in Big D, but that's about all the background I can give you - they've always used fake names.

The fourth release to date, The Inevitable Is Available, showcases an experimental side - but moreso maybe they were just trying to do something different. Like, for instance, not naming any of their songs. This bugs me, personally - as I like to know what a song is, you know, called. Maybe you'll like the concept.

Anyway, that aside - the album really does rock out. The band has come a long way, musically, sense Shot By Lami. They're a band who's always changing their sound, but it's always been a steady constant change, not some sporadic "conforming with the standards" type thing.

This album also has, in my opion, the absolute perfect blend between production and rough edges. I say this mainly because it seems like the bulk of the production work went into making the whole album an experience rather then just a collection of songs. As opposed to spending all the time trying to work out perfect guitar tones. That's not what I look for in punk anyway - The rough energy is what does it for me. So with that, I'm pleased.

The songs flow together with weird interludes like a punkrock dj who's been chugging vodka. Atari's beep in the background with confused vocal clips and overdistorted drums layered into the mix right before the rock - and classic screams of Creek Johnson kick in.

Grab this album up - It's a refreshing assault of punk overlayed with awesome songwriting borrowing the best elements of many other styles.

Okay - Highlight of this album: First of all, it rocks. You will want to turn the volume all the way up and rock out to it. Over and over and over again. and, I really like the way this album seems to be more theme based then an album you judge on individual songs. Unfortunately this is a double edged sword:

Lowpoints: The massive disinformation behind this band, and album is starting to get to me. Before, it was never really a big deal that the band members didn't put their real names or anything, but you can now consider the envelope officially pushed - The album has no linear notes, no song names, not even the fake member names listed - and if you follow the URL they give you - you get a massive collection of "Not Finished Yet"'s and even a broken guestbook. Whatever though, juding a band on it's image is, all in all, pretty stupid - so I'll just assume they have some terribly dark secret to protect.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 24, 2002)

YEA!!! TRUE ROMANCE
Today's White Boy day!! Oh no it's just Tuesday.

bostonmusicguy (September 20, 2002)

just got home and listened to the whole thing... its definitley different from their old stuff but still... wow...-BostonMusicGuy

bostonmusicguy (September 20, 2002)

I am picking this cd up today. I can't fucking wait. Their last full length and EP were great and this one doesnt sound any worse. Very excited.-BostonMusicGuy

evildeadalive (September 19, 2002)

Yeah, I actually knew that, just checking if anyone else would pick up on that. I was actually quoting Clarence speaking to Alabama before he went over and fucked Drexel's shit up. Yeah, fucking great movie!!

AdamVMS (September 19, 2002)

Drexel is the pimp in True Romance... fucking great movie

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

good old cat feet

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

drexel is cat foot

evildeadalive (September 18, 2002)

What the fuck is a Drexel?

bostonmusicguy (September 18, 2002)

Drexel rocks, always has always will. Check out any band on Fork in Hand... you will not be dissapointed... except maybe by the Dubnicks... im not really a big fan of them.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

I agree with the other guy. This album is the shit. I haven't seen Drexel play in 3 1/2 years and I need to immediately. Who needs song titles?This is a punk rock symphony that trumps NOFX's "The Decline" any day. I didn't think "Whereever Whenever" was so hot, but after listening to this, I can see the direction they were headed. The music and art are definitely better on this record. Now only half the band is in Big D. It's Big D's loss. I'll bet that "punk rock dj" is none other than MC Wane. The ska riffs of "Shot by Lammi" and "No One Told Me" are gone, but there's so much other stuff. Listening to this the first time, I couldn't believe this was Drexel. Their website (www.forkinhand.com/drexel) does work, its just never updated. Hope to see them play again soon. It's been a while. But maybe that's because every Drexel show I go to, they don't play. Mysterious.

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

I Totally rushed this review out - I just wanna add a note, i didn't really talk about the songs themselves but now that I've given this album 30,000 consecutive listens I should note that the songs themselves are invidual masterpeices that lock, voltron-like, into the amazingness of the album. The songs are addictively catchy, without the standard pop-punk hooks, and amazingly expressive and emotional. BUY THIS CD! It's only like 7 bucks anyway, what have you got to lose?

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

Agreed. The guitar work on this.. just, wow.

Anonymous (September 18, 2002)

this is by far the best album of 2002.

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