The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

For a few weeks now, I’ve been listening to the latest effort from the Aquabats, and contemplating my critique. Having done a number of reviews and critiques over the years, this one has been the hardest, because it is such a unique project.    I have heard of the Aquabats but had never heard their music until now. So, rather than review this by comparing and contrasting it with past works, I am simply going to focus on this particular body of work.

So, to point out the obvious… this is not your “typical” band.  With their spandex “rash guard” super hero shirts and their anti-negativity helmets, they not only deliver everything you would want from a world famous rock band, but they also travel the planet in their highly customized Winnebego fighting crime, including notorious bad guys like  Gasface and  Kitty Litter.

Or at least that’s what I hear.

So, on to the music… It’s juvenile, cheesier than cheetos in nacho sauce, completely over-the-top, borderline ridiculous, and… FUN!     It’s actually refreshing to have something on my iPod that is fun, light-hearted, energetic, and full of satire. Continue reading “The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review”

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The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

Argyll’s Revenge

When I was in Pittsburgh going to Library School I had this great home teacher named Ben Keller. We became friends and visited back and forth in each other’s houses, doing things like helping with moves and making peanut butter sandwiches. We even got together and jammed a little bit, which we should have done more of. Since moving away, I found out that Ben and his brother Chris started a band called Argyll’s Revenge and had to repeat Alma 29:14 to myself several times. Their music is solid rock, ranging from tributes to fallen officers to catchy refrains that get you bouncing in the kitchen. Their sound won them the 2009 Battle of the Bands at Carnegie Mellon University and they have produced two recordings to date, one titled Train Chasers. They have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Argylls-Revenge/61152629310?.

Ben graciously agreed to answer some interview questions, wherein he reveals the inner workings of the band, talks about upcoming releases, and reflects on outsiders’ perceptions of Pittsburgh. Continue reading “Argyll’s Revenge”

Argyll’s Revenge