Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Dead Tree Blues

The Dead Tree Blues is another great release by the Italian label Go Down Records.
Poison Deluxe is a side project with two members of the band OJM. Their music is pretty hard to describe. It is experimental Rock music with several influences as Rockabilly, Jazz, Sixties and Psychedelics. The organ has quite a major role in their music
Further there is this nice sounding jazzy guitar completed with piano bass pedals and the nice and steady drum parts. Thereby are the dual vocals well performed.
The Dead Tree Blues is not an ordinairy album. It is a rather surprising piece of work. Enjoy!

POISON DELUXE is the culmination point of two bands, Ojm and Chance Medley. Frank Puglie and Max Ear were the founding fathers of Ojm band. Frank shifted in 2004 and decided to keep searching for new sounds and music development with Chance Medley that sees the presence of the organist and keyboardist Stefano Paski. In january 2008 the three guys (Max, Frank and Stefano) joined together to start off with a new exciting project: Poison Deluxe. Even if their sound differs from the previous two bands, it keeps tight the link with the rock n'roll of the origins and the unusual but exquisite use of the piano bass (which use was honored by Mazareck from the Doors).
(Their bio from Facebook)

It may seem easy and obvious to sum up the Poison Delux experience as a possible contamination of The Doors’ sound ("P. Skunk" is supposed to be a blues track written by Manzarek as a divertisement) and the harmonic structure of nearly every enterprise by Josh Homme.
In “The dead tree blues” for instance, beside the above mentioned big blonde bloke, you would expect that genious Jack White to pop up, since the many-faceted matter of blues is tackled according to his accomplished style of guitar playing. All of this makes pretty good reference for a project moving its first, if not shy, steps. Possibly the best bit is to be found in the good taste displayed by Max Ear (here meeting his former Ojm band mate Frank Puglie on the guitar) in rearranging his boogie to defy the patterns of the main firm. This is exactly what you would expect from a side project: complete freedom in the development of songs (as well proved in the track appropriately titled “A free demonstration”). That’s why, beside the mentioned names, such an album would have profited from the contribution of the early Beck: tracks such as "When I'm down he comes down", "Vortex blues", "Old memories” and "Ocioidei" remind one of the experiments of mr. Hansen at least up tp "Mellow gold". The perfect sound to score with a girl… :-)
(From Go Down Records)

Poison Deluxe - The Dead Tree Blues (2010)

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