CD REVIEW: We’re the Last Men on Earth (LMOE) - Girl Named Never
By Cyrus Rhodes - 07/06/2012 - 04:31 PM EDT
Artist: Band: We’re the Last Men on Earth (LMOE)
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Album: Girl Named Never
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic folk/blues/jazz
Sounds Like: Elvis Costello, Beck, Boz Skaggs, R.E.M.
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Skinny sad Girls, Silent Screaming, Girl Named Never
San Francisco based “We’re the Last Men on Earth” (LMOE) just released their debut CD entitled Girl Named Never in 2012. The band is headed up by front-man Killian MacGeraghty, Stephen Junca (drums percussion), Bobby Todd (double bass, trumpet), Morty Okin (trumpet, flugelhorn), Johannes Mager (trombone) and Art Khu (trombone). MacGeraghty is no stranger to the Music Business having played Lollapalooza with one band; inspired many local groups and played the legendary Fillmore three times as frontman and “ringmaster” of the popular collective the Gun and Doll Show; was featured in Maxim, Playboy, SF Chronicle and Performer Magazine and once made the cover of Bam.
The CD kicks things off with “Skinny sad Girls” a methodical intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe with catchy vocal groove from MacGeraghty. Track 2 “Girl called Never” keeps things moving a bit with methodical musical build against soothing beat painted against hooky melody, and a brilliant melodic vocal performance. This coupled with mesmerizing lyrical content makes for a very interesting musical statement. Track 3 “We Used to Kiss” serves up heartfelt blues-rock groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with hypnotic horn section via a grand slam chorus. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as The Flaming Lips, Elvis Costello, Beck, and even Nick Cave, Cake, Boz Skaggs, R.E.M. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety and strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive, and packed full of zany and entertaining lyrical content and subject matter that simply cannot be faked. The music itself is an impressive blend of rock, alternative rock with just a dash Industrial and Ambient Rock. Along the way besides the typical 4 piece standard you will notice well placed percussive accents and electronic beats, impressive sampling touches, piano, organ, horns, keyboards, solo guitar, well placed harmonies all built on a solid low end rhythm section foundation. MacGeraghty makes no attempt at sugar coating the truth via his music, instead he lets it all hang out with reckless abandon and trippy lamentation. His voice works well within the confines of this upbeat yet trippy catalogue. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD as well. No doubt MacGeraghty can hold his own vocally, as I didn’t fail to notice a few well-placed harmonies and impressive falsettos that lets it all hang out. Enter MacGeraghty musicianship and production virtuoso - equally as impressive. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability and amazing amount of originality. Song for song you can never really predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner. Also present a barrage of sonic touches, percussive elements, and eccentric attitude. From jumping “Pickin’ Wheat” to striking “Silent Screaming” jumping “Catch and Release” to thought provoking Trouble” to hypnotic “Something Anything” to smooth as silk “Bumble Bee” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 11 “Devil Inside” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this latest release. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Some of the songwriting and lyrical can come across as being overly-eccentric.
Girl Named Never from “We’re the Last Men on Earth” (LMAO) featuring Killian MacGeraghty is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of MacGeraghty. He possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and is full of amazing musical soundscapes that come at you from every direction. The messages are passionate, honest, and amazingly witty - all from a brilliantly zany perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content and is not so easily pinned down the first listen. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. We’re the Last Men on Earth” featuring Killian MacGeraghty.
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