The Stepford Five


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Reviews in the Mesh press kit compare this Columbus four to Catherine Wheel, Bob Mould, and Dinosaur Jr., (and Afghan Whigs and Jeff Buckley), so into the player she goes! Put it on... Well, maybe not exactly, but there is a intrepid, thick wall of guitar here like Happy Days, The Last Dog and Pony Show, or You're Living All Over Me, and like those blue-ribbon artists, there's a willingness to work with the nuances in the big sound, instead of just throwing up an inconsequential wall of alternarock noise. A tambourine adds a shakin' groove... guitars drop off, leaving a humming bass... a surprising, light funk beat drops by... a tempo retard is executed perfectly... a short acoustic track sounds sad instead of gratuitous... and piano just barely peaks out of the end of Need to Know, then replaces the guitars on "Making Sound." Singer/leader Keith Jenkins and fellow guitarist Jason Dziak have been playing together since a sixth grade talent show, which helps account for the streamlined tightness, the pinpoint guitar parts firing so precisely. The vocal hooks could work harder, and the production, while hearty, sometimes restrains the drummer's slam-bang combustion. But this isn't bad, and they're probably exultant live. (PMB 250, 30 Dillmont Dr., Worthington, OH 43235;

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