Thee American Revolution Buddha Electrostorm

Thee American Revolution Buddha Electrostorm
Although it has been many years since their heyday, the Elephant 6 Recording Company is still alive and well. In fact, some of them, such as Robert Schneider (the Apples In Stereo), are more productive than ever, trying to juggle a half-dozen different projects, including Thee American Revolution, a garage band he formed with his brother-in-law, Craig Morris. Despite being together since 2004, Buddha Electrostorm is the band's first album, and it features songs recorded over the years. While the fuzziness of it all might initially be a bit of a surprise, the songs are just rougher, messier versions of the kind of thing that the Apples In Stereo have been doing all along, especially in their early days. That definitely works to their advantage because Schneider's pop sensibilities have always made his work some of the most accessible under the Elephant 6 umbrella, and this is no different. The ten tracks sound like they were recorded straight to tape after a couple of rehearsals, warts and all, sometimes with little snippets of studio chatter in between. It is decidedly lo-fi, with a tendency for psychedelic guitar solos that disappear into the stratosphere, and distorted vocals. Nothing too complicated, but still a rather entertaining record. (Garden Gate)