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PilotScottTracy: Any CityAny City (2005)
Alternative Tentacles Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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PilotScottTracy is ex-Causey Way. They sound like, well, ex-Causey Way. It's as simple as that. Well, almost. Take the Causey Way, and add more of a '77 punk influence. And the vocals are a little less goofy. But that doesn't stop the first song "Human Earthquake" from sounding like an old Murder Ci.


PilotScottTracy is ex-Causey Way. They sound like, well, ex-Causey Way. It's as simple as that. Well, almost. Take the Causey Way, and add more of a '77 punk influence. And the vocals are a little less goofy. But that doesn't stop the first song "Human Earthquake" from sounding like an old Murder City Devils song. I mean, c'mon, it's hard to separate any 3-chord punk with an organ song from MCD. But trust me, this album is all fun and rock. Well, except for "Return To My Home," which is almost four minutes and not nearly as fun as "Human Earthquake" or "Right On," which are both just shy of two minutes.

But don't be discouraged! Even slower songs can rock! This is proven by "The Time Has Come," which starts out with a Casio built-in beat and ends up rocking my socks off (okay, that's a lie, I wasn't wearing socks to begin with). In fact, many songs include Casio preset beats. And it does sound cheesy. Yes. But it's a good kind of cheese. Like Muenster or Gouda.

I guess my one disappointment with this album is that it has plenty of short rockers that kick me in the pants, but the slow songs in the middle drag the album down. The title track, "Any City" (duh), rocks harder than a lot of things I've heard in a long time. But songs like "Master Jack" and "Take A Flight" are just a little too slow for me. Yeah, whatever.

Simplistic? Check. Fun? Half-check. Moog and Farfisa? Check. Wacky goony vocals? Check. Worth your time? Probably. But what could have easily been a nine has been dropped to a seven for lack of congruity.

 

 
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stayontarget (June 13, 2005)

I'm glad to see a review of this. I was a bit let down by this album compared to their first record, but it got much better after a few listens. As much as I like PST, it really just makes me miss the Causey Way more. THE CAUSEY WAY IS NOT A CULT.

lushj (June 10, 2005)

If you liked Causey Way (who were doing the electro-synth thing years before a lot of the current crop of electopunk bands), you'll dig PST. A lot of synth, a lot of pop, pretty wide open and breezy like Causey or Barcelona.

Anonymous (June 10, 2005)

YOu can say what you want about AT, but at least there is a wide variety of bands on the label. Seriously, from Alice Donut to Man is the Bastard?

Anonymous (June 10, 2005)

the label these guys are on is overrated!

unconcerned (June 10, 2005)

it's no causey but it is still fun

i'm digging the pilotscotttracey stuff and have been since their first release on what else.... good stuff

joshcbfl (June 10, 2005)

"I'm wasn't wearing socks to begin with."

You should really fix that.

TahoeJeff (June 10, 2005)

Speaking of Casio. I put in the Harvey Birdman Season One DVD the other day and what do I hear? Fucking Wesley Willis. Awesome.

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