with Boycott and Cordelia’s Dad
Marsh Arts House
81 Lessey St
Amherst, MA 01002
The Met Main St
75OL-252 Monument Thief – Little Boxes
$7.00 S&H Included
$7.00 S&H Included
2. Little Boxes
3. Stand Up
4. All The Rage
7. Release It
8. Fine Line
9. Under My Skin
Bill Paukert and Jeremy Withers of Monument Thief have sloughed off the trappings of shoegaze and psychedelia. Instead, their new release is streamlined and riff-heavy – just drums, vocals and layers after layers of fuzzed out bass. This isn’t that slowed down spaced-out fuzz, neither, it’s amped up garage-ified Sabbath worship.
with Songs to Drive Cars To, The High Planes, Barn Burning
MATT FRAZA BAND
Firehouse 13, Providence, RI
Firehouse 13 is in the middle of a war zone and the inside is dark and dirty, but at least they have a stage and a PA system. Vertical Twin is playing when I enter. They are a bit older of a band than I’m used to seeing. They are a little old to be Green Day and a little young to be The Who, but I see where they get their power trio influences from. Vertical Twin plays high energy rock ’n’ roll and put on a good show, the singer is funny and entertaining, it’s a great way to start the night, though I may have missed two earlier bands. Monument Thief take the stage next. Monument Thief is a Providence based bass and drums duo, but don’t compare them to Lightning Bolt! They play straight up rock and the bass sounds like a guitar player without solos. It’s really good alternative rock that reminds me of my childhood. I’ve had a few drinks by now and I’m ready for a great band to top off a cool night. sadly, the Matt Fraza Band is unable to deliver the goods. Boring Dave Mathews, Jimmy Buffet type generic garbage. Hey, guitar player, stand up, this is a rock ’n’ roll concert, man. I’m afraid if I see their whole set I’ll fall asleep at the wheel and I don’t even have a car. At least I have an excuse to get on the bike and head home early. (Terry Boulder)
with The Really Heavy
150 Chestnut St
with Tall Teenagers
MONUMENT THIEF – Your Castle Comes Down 13 tracks
Jeremy Withers and Bill Paukert have a long history of making music together, but their latest project, Monument Thief, is probably their most direct and forward-thinking act to date. The band’s trademark sound is a fresh blend of pure and uncompromising rock ’n’ roll that borrows eclectically from the vast vernacular of the genre, incorporating elements of punk, hard rock and alternative.
One of the most interesting things about Your Castle Comes Down is that it allows listeners to take a peek into the kaleidoscopic song-writing sensibilities of the band. Tracks such as “Every Time” or “A Scene” are as gritty and punchy as early Nirvana, while songs the likes of “All On Me” or “Endless Debut” showcase the band’s ability to create memorable melodies, unlike artists such as The Cure or R.E.M.
Your Castle Comes Down is a classic-sounding yet remarkably diverse album that truly makes for an engaging and intriguing listening experience for fans of alternative music spanning all ages and currents.