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Red Knife Lottery: So Much DramaSo Much Drama (2005)
Uprising Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Milwaukee's Red Knife Lottery has basically come out of left field to deliver So Much Drama, a splendid art-punk piece of work bursting forth with creativity and nods to recent masters of the vaguely-labeled style. The band succeeds in their spin-art-like style of mixing genres, splattering the pain.
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Milwaukee's Red Knife Lottery has basically come out of left field to deliver So Much Drama, a splendid art-punk piece of work bursting forth with creativity and nods to recent masters of the vaguely-labeled style. The band succeeds in their spin-art-like style of mixing genres, splattering the paint and figuring the centrical spins'll result in an aesthetically pleasing, bright canvas of strong dexterity; if that's at all true, their imaginations have succeeded their intentions, then.

Though lead vocalist Ashley Chapman definitely bears similarities to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O., RKL manages to come off like a cross between the aggressive indie rock of Pretty Girls Make Graves and the bizzarre intensity of the Blood Brothers. Chapman has a nice range, employing a sinister, caterwaul scream and singing voice that may result in several accusations of sass, but what's backing her up is just as talented -- the band's frenetic use of power chords is undeniably spazzy, but they scatter these throughout with stunningly diverse and creative guitar-work. "The Magnificent Ghost," which starts off with a mid-tempo, waltzy keyboard intro, shows off this craft well, and is clogged with plenty of effects pedal manipulation, but never to the point of an overdose. The band has a tendency to mix epic riffing in as well with more steadfastly-executed triads too though, which is heard easily in tracks like "Call-Girls In Pink Hospitals" -- which makes smart use of more distorted guitars -- and closer "Love To The Sound Emergency." "Samantha Brown Get Down! Get Down!" even busts out of the gates with an up-tempo, garage rock-like fervor. To talk about the other highlights of the disc would consume your entire day, basically.

So Much Drama is a definitively consistent EP showcasing the talents and creativity of virtual unknowns, but based on the quailty of their apparent debut here, it won't be for long.

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victim (March 9, 2007)

Anybody who counts Crimes as their favorite Blood Brothers sound should check this out, I only happened on it because they were the band of the moment lol

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

I like the chix voice! shes screming it!

rkl (June 23, 2005)

brian, your comments hurt me. i saw the phrase RKL in the review so i was all happy, but then i kept reading and now ive decided to stab myself in the eye with a bottlecap.

EMOHOLOCAUST (June 22, 2005)

aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
nu-crap retro rock invasion
yuck!

slippy (June 22, 2005)

At first I thought "So much drama" was kind of weird. But it grew on me. They have an interesting sound.

Anonymous (June 22, 2005)

RKL...as in rich kids on LSD are one of my favorite bands...ever. I found a copy of "reactivate" at a yard sale when I was 16..........Weird.
----Travis.

stevejonestherealbones (June 21, 2005)

at least this girly sounding singer is actually a girl this time. not that gay

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

SilentStorms (June 21, 2005)

Hey this is actually pretty good. Great review Brian.

inagreendase (June 21, 2005)

RKL is rich kids on lsd

I know that now, but I'm sure that even before Rich Kids, some band had the initials RKL. Doesn't mean I can't use the same ones in reference to the reviewed band.

Inspection12e (June 21, 2005)

RKL is rich kids on lsd Brian.

Marlon (June 21, 2005)

wow...they got the dude from the blood brothers to do vocals

Their singer is a girl... A very hot girl actually.

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

there is a much better band that goes by RKL!

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

wow...they got the dude from the blood brothers to do vocals

- pussyfoot

Anchors (June 21, 2005)

Is this a conglomorate of Red Animal War, No Knife, and The Casket Lottery?

That would be pretty fucking sweet.

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