The Phenomenal Handclap Band Album

This band somehow stands at just 4655 “friends” on their Myspace, and 375 “fans” on Facebook. Meanwhile, this band has just released the funkiest, most soulful album I’ve heard in years and years. I discussed them in a previous blog post, which also had a live video of “I’ll Disappear”. Until now, “I’ll Disappear” was the only official release on iTunes, and some internet stores got a single with edits of “Testimony” and “15 to 20”. I’m thrilled to say the rest of the album equals the ass-shaking fun of those songs. I’ll go as far as to say that “All Of The Above”, which you can hear on their myspace, has the greatest bassline I’ve ever heard, especially when matched with the drums and vocals. The album reminds me of last year’s Neon Neon album. Neon Neon set about making an 80’s album, not an album influenced by the 80’s. The Phenomenal Handclap Band make 60’s/70’s psychedelic rock, funk, soul, and disco. Not music influenced by it, if you catch the subtle difference. It’s not ironic, it’s passionate and real. The fuzz guitar of “Dim The Lights” is pure stoner rock. The soul vocals of “Tears” sounds transported from a Lyn Collins album, but mixed with a little Grace Slick. The 60’s psychedelia of “The Martyr” or “The Circle Is Broken” matches Electric Prunes, Amboy Dukes, or anything on the Nuggets box. “Baby” sounds like a lost Curtis Mayfield track. One of the best things about listening to the album, especially if you’re heard the leaked tracks like “I’ll Disappear” or “15 to 20”, is how well sequenced the album is. The album has an incredible flow that makes you not able to listen to just one song. Songs blend into the next, especially the hint of “Baby” right before “Tears”. And, finally, the album makes you want to shake your fucking ass all over. And, really, that’s the point, isn’t it?

THE summer album.


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