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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CAB 20 - Dirty Smiles

Artist: Cab 20
Album: Dirty Smiles
Year: 2010
Style: Bluesy Rock, Garage, Classic Rock
Similar Bands: Queens of the Stone Age, Black Keys, Soul Asylum, MC5, Black Crows, Lenny Kravitz
One Word Review: Sweaty-Shouty-Guitar Jams.
Based Out Of: El Segundo, CA
Label: Slaughtered Lamb
Dirty Smiles Cover & Record
Dirty Smiles - Back, Record
Dirty Smiles (2010)
  1. Don't Leave Your Love 2:17
  2. Infection 2:56
  3. Stones & Bones  4:47
  4. Aquavit 3:19
  5. Oh Darling 4:00
  6. Slow Song 3:07 /
  7. Keep on Talking 3:50
  8. Substance Abuse 4:20
  9. Living Things 3:46
  10. Gravedigger 3:59
  11. Boots 3:28
  12. Blood on my Hands 2:37
Album Rating (1-10): 7.0

Members & Other Bands:
Eric Conteras - Drums
Bert Hoover - Guitar, Vox, Album Artwork
Chris Khalife - Bass, Keys Vox
Ivan Konstantinovic - Additional Vox
Gil Serrano - Banjo, Additional Vox
Jonny Lai - Electric Guitar, Additional Vox
Noah Yoseloff - Additional Vocals
Robert Hoover - Co-Produced, Engineered, Mastering
Joo-Joo Ashworth - Photography

Unknown-ness: Never heard of this band. But from the color scheme from the grey and brown trains, it feels like it will be a slice of Americana rock. I imagine meandering, and tedious at times, perhaps some grungy guitar solos. 

Album Review:
So this is the very first band to ever appear on Shark Tanl (2012) in order to gain investor backing as a band. They didn't agree to a deal, and were not funded. Popularity from the show neve helped them out, as they are not really together making new music today.

“Don't Leave Your Love” starts with a drum beat, and an urgent, rattling guitar playing MC5 style garage rock. The vocals are also urgent, and emotional, verging on shouting. Very fast, and classic rock in style.
“Infection” has a bit more country twang in the guitar, but it is still rushed and anxiously played…the bouncing keys buried in the background also emphasize the pace. The appeal for alcohol fueled, bluesy guitar solos is apparent for the song is jumpstarted by the guitar.
“Stones & Bones” has a slower jazzy drum beat to begin. It is well accompanied by a funky bass line, and thick steamrolling guitars. The passionate vocals sound as if they are standing far away from the mic, in order to capture the natural vocals which don’t care how naturally loud they are. The song slows down in the minimal instrumental section, only to pick up for one last emotional verse.
“Aquavit” combined punk chords and the bluesy, slightly free-form shouty vocals well. The chord progression sounds very familiar. There are a couple distinct driving sections, which give a platform for the shouting vocals.
“Oh Darling” Starts with some space-guitar twittlings, and then proceeds as a minimal open room drum and bass section. The vocals are growly-shouting against a juxtaposing backdrop of slower music. The guitars kick in and with some feed back and other classic rock elements, push the song along faster. The song slows down to a crawling tambourine rest, then quietly surges with chugging guitars back to the full volume and driving force of the initial verse.
“Slow Song” is true to its name, and an acoustic guitar plays a balladeering bar stool jam. It is a little stumbly, but kicks in with a drum beat only to make the slow jam louder. The volume and intensity rises and falls, but it keeps a moderate tempo the whole time.

“Keep on Talking” begins with a small bass hook and cowbell. Then Cake-like guitar is added, and the song gets going with a sweaty guitar atmosphere. There are group shouting vocals over key lyrical phrases, but the funky bass line keeps the song in order. The song builds and gets a little progressive, with looping guitar licks, which cycle back to the initial set up.
“Substance Abuse” chugs along with grimey, sludgy guitar, and a spattering of drums below. The guitar leads the kick in, and shouting vocals pull the singer away from the mic to not overpower or distort things more than desired. The instrumental takes a while to grow back into the musical verse for one last run through before the song ends.
“Living Things” Starts with Pounding guitar and cowbell, with a flat sounding drum. The vocals are a little more controlled and coherent at first. It’s like a faster Kick Out the Jams. The song takes a bit of a break to focus on the vocals and simple rhythm chords. But it does manage to kick back in, and oscillate between sections balancing the slow & quiet with the fast paced urgency
“Gravedigger” is a swampy stomp jam with catchy group choruses and shouty sections mixed with stoner classic rock lines.
“Boots” is a bit slinkier, but is at heart a pub rocking band full of feedback and swagger. It plays out like a Lenny Kravitz instrumental jam
“Blood on My Hands” is a swampy porch, banjo picking, jug band southern sing along. The whole band sings in echoing natural harmony for the chorus. It feels more of a demo. At 1:50, the tambourine kicks the song into a quickened pace for a short bit before the song winds down, runs out of alcohol. 

Stand Out Track: Don't Leave Your Love

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