Bacon & Egg
Bacon & Egg Are Fanduvo
Wäntage USA and Motron Records

Bacon & Egg is not one of your mother’s casseroles. Bacon & Egg is a Volumen side project involving Chris Bacon (Volumen’s keyboardist, aka Bacon) on organ and vocals and Bob Marshall (Volumen’s drummer, aka Egg) on drum machine, guitar and vocals. Bacon & Egg Are Fanduvo is the duo’s lionhearted debut album and living proof of what a drum machine and two sure-handed, talented musicians can do.

Like two adventuring champions of sound, Bacon and Egg sing, rap and chant their way through this jungle of precarious beats and hard-driving melodies. The album is lush with ambitious rock compositions infused with a touch of hip-hop ingenuity. Volumen bassist Bryan Hickey (Biscuit) chimes in as a featured vocalist on three tracks, “Monsters of Rock,” the entrancing “Scent of Ben Gay” and “Sun on Thundar,” and someone called “Retardo Montalban” lends backing vocals on “Stains on the Window Pane.”

Bacon & Egg Are Fanduvo is a mean and freewheeling album—it will rock you, rap you, slap you and hopefully leave you asking for more. And despite Bacon and Egg not being one of your mother’s tasty casseroles, give this duo’s album a try and it’ll be just as satisfying, minus the fat and cholesterol. (Diego Bejarano)

Bacon & Egg’s CD release party is at The Elk’s Lodge Thursday, April 21, at 8 PM. They are joined by Two Year Touqe, Motorama and The Krooks. All ages.

Two Year Touqe
The Midi West
CDB Records

Warning: Two Year Touqe’s new album is slightly addictive and may be harmful to your cynical veneer. Side-effects include whistling the tunes in public and developing a temporarily sunnier disposition which risks thawing out that cold, cold heart of yours. The five-piece homegrown band owes its captivating magic to frontpeople Sarah (voice) and Paul Copoc (guitar/voice), a husband-and-wife team with no hesitation singing about their mutual adoration. Yes, it’s cute and maybe not very cool in the traditional rock ’n’ roll sense—but that’s partly what makes it cool. That, and the fact that song subjects range from true love to pill-popping to the realities of pooping.

Cleverly straddling the line between silly fun and an ever-present emotional earnestness, the album is easy to digest and easy to buy into. That is, unless you don’t have a snippet of romanticism or a streak of black humor running through your veins.

Highlights include the darkly delightful “Stinky Baby,” which laments the love and loss of a ferret, and “These Days”—a bit of minor-key nostalgia with bright overtones. Simple beats, miscellaneous percussion and rudimentary but extremely fresh rhyming lyrics make The Midi West a wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing. (Erika Fredrickson)

Two Year Touque shares its CD release party with Bacon & Egg at The Elk’s Lodge on Thursday, April 21, at 8 PM. All ages.

Young Dubliners
Real World

Make no mistake: Young Dubliners produce straight-up FM-friendly rock songs with a few Irish fiddle hooks carefully blended into the mix. The fiddle seems added simply to give the band name authenticity—it’s like a lot of other predictable Irish twists in this album in that it seems contrived.

The songs on Real World range from stadium rock to overproduced pub’ish ballads such as “Happy.” To the discriminating listener, Young Dubliners’ latest disc offers very little—the drums are conventional, bathed in what sounds like a 1980s effects processor, and the arrangements are based on ho-hum structures with three or four chords.

A nice exception to the blandness suffusing the rest of the album is “Banshee”—a danceable instrumental rooted in Irish musical heritage. It features big-sounding drums, electric guitars and special guest Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull , who adds moody fills on a bamboo flute. But with this fleeting highlight buried deep in the album, Young Dubliners should heed its own advice in “Evermore” and “drive the road less traveled.” Like, try composing original music.

Everything here’s been done before, and done better. For stadium rock, listen to U2; for Irish folk rock, try Fairport Convention; for pub punk, the Pogues. But for Irish cheese, stay with Real World. (Eric Segalstad)

The Young Dubliners play The Other Side Thursday, April 28. The show starts at 10 PM, and tickets cost $10. 21-and-over.

Action Spectacular

I know, I know—Noise is supposed to be a space to discuss CDs, and Action Spectacular, the upcoming release by Pleaseeasaur, is technically a concert DVD. Close enough, though, and considering the content of a typical Pleaseeasaur show, it certainly warrants mention. A few highlights to whet your appetite: a furry Yeti costume, space suits, cop uniforms, and one getup that puts the performer in the role of a baby strapped to the back of an old woman.

Music? Oh, there’s some of that in a Pleaseeasaur show—it’s prerecorded postmodern electronica that sounds like it came from Playskool toys. In fact, sometimes it does—a plastic saxophone is often the only instrument played on stage. Not that any of this is a bad thing: Pleaseeasaur is music as art, a crash course in excess and eccentricity.

The brains behind this extravaganza are Seattle’s John Peter Hasson, the man in the masks and costumes, and Thomas Hurley III, who takes care of live projections, props and lighting for the performance art/music show. The name comes from the original moniker of the Loch Ness Monster (Plesiosaur) with some creative rearrangements—just like the rest of Pleaseeasaur’s intriguing and tempting act. (Skylar Browning)

Pleaseeasaur performs at the Union Hall Tuesday, April 26, at 9 PM. Volumen and Two Year Touqe open. Tickets cost $5.

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