Modern, 'Greenwich Village Style' Fusion
Sweat Hog is the largely instrumental, rock fusion offering by the group Ronnie Neuhauser's Styrocultural Antidote, which features Neuhauser on guitar, along with Mike Perez on bass and Fran Merante on drums. The CD serves up the trio's free form explorations, which of course means plenty of Neuhauser's fiery guitar playing throughout the nine cuts. The wah-wah pedal gets hammered on tracks such as "Face" and "Mojoson", while "Liberation From The Jackal", is a medium-to-slow number which allows for heavy, melodically evocative and freaked-out guitar lines that slap the listener upside the head. Finally, "Equinox At Chichen Itza" sports a cool early '70s hard rock vibe before laying out the high tech improvs. If you like your fusion improvisational and ambitious, check out Ronnie Neuhauser's body of work. Ronnie Neuhauser was originally profiled in the June-July, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.
Ronnie formerly headed up the rock/funk outfit Grooveyard, which received recognition in the New Haven Advocate's Grand Band Slam/Sounds Of New Haven. His song "Dr. Sus" took first place in the 1999 Songwriter's Association of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. His 1999 concept CD "Congregation Against Styrocultural Brain Damage" was a recipient of a Preston Foundation grant.
Neuhauser is working on a slew of compositions, some of which are putting to use his own music theory, which he has been developing for a few years now. He has many recordings scheduled for release in the future, including a new instrumental CD entitled "Stupid Like Cow", his opera "Gangr'ear" and another CD of complete madness entitled "It's All About The Grass", which should bring to light Neuhauser's depth and adventurousness of composition.
No Cheez Records
P.O. Box 120244
East Haven, CT 06512
Web site: www.nocheez.com
Soliciting Progressive Instrumental Fans
Unsolicited Material is almost a solid hour of progressive rock from a Canadian group called The Dayjob Orchestra. Intensely guitar heavy, the music has an aggressive, live-in-the-studio feel, where core members Peter Swann (guitar), Michael Thorne (drums) and Chris Robertson (bass) toss out virtuosic musical performances up, down and over the fifteen, mostly instrumental tracks. "Madness" opens the CD with shattering bursts of notes and percussion, laying the groundwork for the musical overload to follow. "Deal With It" opens with the most famous expletive in the English language shouted over a baby's cries (you read that right), then lays out funky rhythms and head-snapping riffs. "Planetarium" offers some of the more melodic material to be heard from this band, whose CD is bound to be a favorite with listeners who value over-the-top musicianship. Dayjob Orchestra were originally profiled in the June-July, 2003edition of The Undiscovered.
Guitarist Peter Swann is one of the most talented musicians in the Toronto area. A songwriter, engineer and producer, as well as being an amazing player, have made him quite "in demand". His vast musical talent is surpassed only by his devotion to it. Peter's claim to fame is that, also being a guitar teacher, taught Adrian Lifeson, son of Rush's Alex Lifeson, the ways of the axe.
The Dayjob Orchestra wants to share their music with as many musicians as possible (their CD has been described by many as 'music for musicians'), and is planning a European tour sometime next year.
The Dayjob Orchestra
823 Krosno Blvd.
Pickering, ON L1W 1G7
Web site: www3.sympatico.ca/djo