Finneus Gauge

More Once More

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Finneus Gauge is quirky, shifty, tricky, elusive, fun -- like running through a narrow hallway full of hundreds of crickets, each leaping for attention and chirping in some crazed unison. You are deluged with a myriad of notes, chords, rhythms, vocals, and brief pauses just before being swept away into another delightful maelstrom of song. And songs are what this group is about -- not endless jams or lengthy prog rock ascensions into the overdone "crescendo cul-de-sac." Ten well-crafted ballads and two instrumentals are served. All are tinged with the delicate intensity of angered hornets and counterpoint enough to make Schoenberg shuffle and Bartok boogie. If you need a place to hang your ear and say, "Ah, yes they sound like...," well, these parallelisms are on offer and are likely influences. Splice a tape of Hatfield & the North's Rotters Club and Bill Bruford's Feels Good to Me together. Most importantly, insert a good deal of female vocals in the cavalier-cool spirit of Annette Peacock. Now overlay it compositionally with the obvious ghost in the machine of Echolyn's As the World. You must approach this music with a healthy appetite for complexity and the unpredictable. If you're into cutting-edge, ultra-hip grooves, tempo twirls, and hyperkinetic gymnastics in song structuring, then Finneus Gauge more than satisfies. Not a half second is wasted in their pieces. This is truly a "jazz-rock-fusion-with-multi-part-vocals" roller coaster rush! Finneus Gauge is: Chris Buzby on keys and backing vocals, John Buzby on drums and backing vocals, Chris Eike on basses, Laura Martin on lead and backing vocals, and Scott McGill on guitars. Yeah, that is Chris Buzby of Echolyn fame and Scott McGill of the amazing Hand Farm release. Keyboard magazine recognized More Once More as one of the top five albums from 1997.

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