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Casket Salesmen

Casket Salesmen: Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants (2006)
Longhair Illuminati

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A Static Lullaby's major label debut, Faso Latido, was a major struggle. On one side were Nathan Lindeman and Phil Pirrone, aiming to incorporate a wider breadth of influences including progressive/classic rock, psychedelia, and other genres that more accurately reflected their listening tastes. On .
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A Static Lullaby's major label debut, Faso Latido, was a major struggle. On one side were Nathan Lindeman and Phil Pirrone, aiming to incorporate a wider breadth of influences including progressive/classic rock, psychedelia, and other genres that more accurately reflected their listening tastes. On the other side were Joe Brown (vocalist) and Dan Arnold (and whomever were additional opponents), intent on continuing the able-bodied nü-screamo path forged with their debut, 2003's ...And Don't Forget to Breathe. What resulted was an awful mess -- an unfocused, lost, and ultimately boring album that tanked and created a large split between the band. If the differences weren't clear enough, Lindeman and Pirrone soon formed Casket Salesmen in order to fully convey those aforementioned influences, and A Static Lullaby recently delivered a "return to the roots" styled followup in a self-titled rebirth on Fearless Records.

What makes things a little apprehensive going into Sleeping Giants is the thought the duo may extend beyond their (or Pirrone's, at least) once drug-addled reach and produce the same texture of sloppiness in trying to perfectly capture the spirit of rock history. No worries, though: Sleeping Giants effectively displays a strong focus on writing straight-forward rock hooks inserted into fairly trippy yet plenty textured, warm atmospheres. Think if Steve Brodsky had formed (Antenna-era) Cave In in 1979, chewing off all of Casket Salesmen's main influences (Floyd, Beatles) and you're sort of on the path to what's at hand here, with plenty of hints and references to the more respected crop of early-to-mid-`90s alternative rock.

Early standouts like "I'll Buy That for a Dollar" and "Dr. Jesus" are admirable displays of Pirrone's pleasing, comforting vocal range. "Dollar" explodes with a huge, upbeat chorus, the happy mood of which is unusual for the album. "Jesus" finds Pirrone wide-eyed and rolling through the scale on its delivered chorus; it definitely sounds like the band had the first verse of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" spinning on repeat while writing it.

There's some obvious musical similarities to those unusual moments from Faso, but it's stunning how much better they come off when in the right context. It allows the Salesmen more expansive territory, able to capture its climactic moments in unique methods (the wailing horn of "The Anaheimlich Manuever"). The seven-minute "Art Sandwich" dances around its mild wankery with classy keyboard inclusion and sporadic, wandering melodies.

Casket Salesmen has apparently been a self-fulfilling project, one to please its band members more than fans; if that's musical masturbation, I guess that renders most any who may stumble across Sleeping Giants quite the voyeur.

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I'll Buy That for a Dollar
Dr. Jesus

The Anaheimlich Manuever
Peace Monger
Art Sandwich
Feeling Ten Feet Tall Part Two


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I'll Buy That for a Dollar

 

 
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cuapunkradio (November 15, 2006)

artwork looks like that boss from zelda, yea i know tis a nerd comment but somedays i get out

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

I must say that this was probably the best review I have read on this site since I began coming here a couple of years ago. You make solid references to their old band, discuss some similarities and changes behind what is going on here and in Static Lullaby, and so on. This was very good, and I am not a fan of any of the bands involved in your review. Very good work.

theTopher (November 14, 2006)

casket lottery

gypsymazzurco (November 14, 2006)

casket architects are way better

m-oo (November 14, 2006)

What is the going rate for a good casket?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

from what i've heard so far this stuff sounds cool. plus the artwork is pretty sick... even if it displays all the glory of them trying to look like the beatles during their hippy days.

Faso Latido sucked.

danperrone (November 14, 2006)

i do p_rrone better

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