Many epic battles in history
have been documented, Ali/Frazier, Leonard/Duran, Nixon and the Washington
Post. Now along comes another great battle, billed as “The International
Battle of the Century”, the new CD, girlpope VS. Bobo.
Recorded live at the legendary
Mohawk Place in November 2000, the CD features each band hammering out
their material with reckless abandon.
This is evident as the Cd starts with Jimmer Phillips from Bobo saying
“That’s not too professional” to the delightful sound of feedback. After
that it’s a full assault of Jimmer’s maniacal rantings, which earned the
CD a friendly “Parental Advisory” label for “Explicit Jimmer”. The
rest of the band (Pat Shaughnessy - drums, Frank Sterlace - guitar and
Marc Hunt - bass) adds power to tracks like “You’re A Pig”, “Wouldn’t It
Be A Dream” and “She Don’t Like Me”.
The other half of the CD is
devoted to girlpope’s brand of sweet power pop. Marc Norris(guitar and
vocals) delivers an impassioned “Indy 500” to start the set. Their ability
to transcend the moment is evident as they effortlessly play a
raw but polished set. You can almost feel the sweat and
close quarters of the Hawk as Norris and the rest of the band(Rich Campagna
- bass, Tom “The Kid” Stanford - guitar/keyboards and Brandon Delmont -
drums) rip through originals and cover tunes with an unrelenting pace.
Highlights include “So Far As Now”, “S’Lonely” and a cover of the Sweet
classic “Fox On The Run”.
This is one local CD that
is sure to be a classic in years to come. Mention must be made to the esteemed
Marc Hunt who mixed and recorded the CD. His work with local music is legendary.
He has since left the area for Florida and a new job. Credit also to Pete
Perrone owner of Mohawk Place for making the CD possible and his guidance
and dedication to local music.
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