Seth Misterka


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Seth Misterka may be reinventing his group with each new album, but his imprint remains highly recognizable. Dynasty features a trio made up of saxophonist Jennifer Deveau on electric bass and drummer Ed Kasparek. Misterka's previous trio effort, The Demon, allied his power jazz licks to the slightly kitsch aura of the analog synthesizer. It had a surf-meets-post-punk-meets-jazz-rock attitude (does any of this make sense?). This time, he aims for a garage rock stance. Dynasty is dirty, mean, and in your face. Kasparek's drums are badly recorded by rock standards (probably a couple of overhead mics only) and he sounds clumsy indie-style: powerful, well-intentioned, but a bit impaired when it comes to tightness. Deveau doesn't play bass -- she hammers it. Thunderous, she attacks you with her hard rock riffs. As for the leader of this group, once again he proves he ranks among the meanest blowers of his generation, shredding wallpaper with his raspy solos and relentlessly drilling his simple melodies into your skull. "The Clown of Osaka" and "Toxic Barbie" match most of the material found on The Demon and President's Day. This time, though, things rock a lot more than they swing...and they get nasty.

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