Cooler by the Lake

Cooler by the Lake

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It's hard to tell from this CD if this band are great admirers of '70s AOR/MOR hard rock ("Meat Loaf sucking on a doorknob?"), or if the Central Illinois sextet love that stuff but see humor in it, Spinal Tap style. But skip to the 95-minute "Rock You Mentary" DVD (included because they don't think you can get them otherwise) and there are many absurdist moments, including the engaging Rory Lake, his exaggerated false teeth making him an unlikely, likeable "classic rock" star, howling at the afternoon moon, bareass (!) to get in touch with his native spirit, to explaining the reasons why they can't do tonight's gig without the drummer, to playing in Druid robes, Stonehenge style, and tons of Midwestern bar-circuit live footage. A spectacle.

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