Brian Costello - The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs [book] (Cover Artwork)

Brian Costello

Brian Costello: The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs [book]The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs [book] (2006)
Featherproof Books

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: JesseJesse
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You may know him as the drummer for the Functional Blackouts. You may know him as a columnist over at Terminal Boredom. You may know him from "The Brian Costello Show with Brian Costello," the world's first and only live talk show that operates out of the Empty Bottle in Chicago. You might know him .

You may know him as the drummer for the Functional Blackouts. You may know him as a columnist over at Terminal Boredom. You may know him from "The Brian Costello Show with Brian Costello," the world's first and only live talk show that operates out of the Empty Bottle in Chicago. You might know him as an instructor at Columbia College. Now, be prepared as I introduce you to Brian Costello, novelist.

Back for the first time, Costello's debut novel, The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs lives up to its title fully: The novel is about a garage punk band (the Enchanters) and how they become a local phenomenon and do battle with an entire upper-middle class suburban community (Sprawlburg Springs). Fetching, isn't it?

Told from the point of view of Shaquille Callahan, the recently signed on drummer to this motley crew (notice the spelling; yes, this was a phrase before the band took it as a name), this book follows closely the trials and tribulations that occur when starting a volatile rock band where it doesn't really belong. Includes when the band all starts wearing football helmets and fake-tanning their skin to a burnt sienna with lotion. From their first living room show to selling out the biggest venue in town (aptly titled "Latent Republican Hipster Music Club World"), there is not one band more enjoyable to read about.

All in all, the book reads a bit more like a commentary on all things suburban and band starting, as long as you ignore the entire plotline. Fun fact: The novel started as just a bunch of rants about Orlando, close to where the Bri-man grew up. Now it's a delicate novel involving a squid cutter/drummer and his best pals -- the large, simple-minded bass player; the tall, lanky, sinister guitar player (note: Sinister not included); and the riotous, ballsy singer, Renee, and you better bet your balls that she is a love interest for Shaq.

I couldn't say better things about this book. I picked it up when it came in the mail one night, and I ended up reading the whole thing through and going to sleep at five. It was that compelling. It was ravishing. It made me want to bore a hole through 174 of its 193 pages and just have sex with it (note: Please feel free to buy a copy and send it to me as a present, 'cause mine...um, is missing some parts on a few pages). Five hours was all it took to read, if you're a fast reader like moi, and how much of your time is that? Nothing! So what's your excuse for not reading it? Eh? Worst case scenario: You didn't like the book.

So here's the deal: If you didn't like the book, I will personally come to your house and give you a refund (note: Refund comes in the form of a knee to the balls). What have you got to lose (besides the chance to one day be a father)?

Okay, I'm through with you. Get out of my sight, and order this book.


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AlmostPunkENough (April 27, 2007)

i finally got around to reading this and it's every bit as good as the review syas.

go get this shit you illiterate fucks.

SilentStorms (January 17, 2006)

Ahhh good ole' Goosebumps, that shit was the shit. As for people bitching cuz someone reviewed a book, I hope you die. Fucking idiots. I say keep up with the book reviews!

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

I hope this book isn't as bad his band.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

in repsonse to -not-to-regret- , obviously

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

and that's a bad thing?..

Score's for "Goosebumps".

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

this book sounds like a bad teen movie.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

This looks interesting, but predictable. Now everyone is going start reviewing books; I predict reviews of RL Stine's entire catologue.


Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

i am all for reading book reviews more on this site

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

awesome. i'm getting it.

Jesse (January 13, 2006)

Speaking of:

Elivs, Lou, and Brian Costello are going to team up as a superhero fighting force, conquering rock 'n roll, writing, and of course, Wolfman and the Mummy.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

If I were a recovering drug addict alcholic, I would be offended at Frey's blatant lies.

But I'm not, and I'm only offended by his shitty writing style.


Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Or everyone could just read about the whole "a million little pieces" and a bunch of other sites that headlined it today. I actually just read it and thought it was pretty good. I think James Frey has a pretty unique style. It doesnt really bother me if he made himself a little more of a "badass" than he really was. I didnt read it and repect him for fighting cops and smoking crack and all that. I dont think it really diluted the point of the book either.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Books, fuck yeah.

sickboi (January 13, 2006)

I'm gonna review "A Million Little Pieces" and tell you all what a fraud that fucking hack is.

AlmostPunkEnough (January 13, 2006)

book reviews are an awesome fucking idea. score is for book reviews.

anyway, this seems like it will be a good read, you convinced me Jesse. i'll pick this up.

Anchors (January 13, 2006)

I second the comment on Elvis Costello.

That man can do no wrong.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

A book review? Nice! Punknews should start posting book and comic book reviews on here all the time.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

I haven't had the chance to read Brian's book yet, but I do know the guy, and he's one cool cat , and funny as hell....and the Brian Costello Show With Brian Costello is one of the funniest, funnest things Shitcago has to offer.

Read Terminal Boredom!!!

darkstarm (January 13, 2006)

This site should have more book reviews. Books on Punk and the underground are becoming just common enough to warrent it, plus a lot of 'em can be really good and really really inspiring. When there are so many bands out there it's easy for the great story that almost every band has to get lost. PEACE, NUKKA.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

I'm more interested in Elvis Costello, but I'm sure this guy is cool too. By the way, this isn't the Columbia College of Columbia University, is it?

Maybe I'll pick this up. I hope I like it, because I don't like getting kicked in the balls.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

What the fuck? A book review?

KirbyPuckett (January 13, 2006)

Heeeeeeeeeey Peeeee Freeeeesh, do you waaaaaaaaaaanna read me boooooooooook?

- Marlon

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Punx can't reed.

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