Onward Crispin Glover - "The
Further And The Faster"
You may not believe me, and this is probably a bit oddball for most
people who are familiar with the rock machine that is Onward Crispin
Glover (aka OCG), but I believe this album is exactly the sort of music
Nirvana would have been doing, had Kurt Cobain managed to stay alive.
Byron's lyrics have that same sort of vague specifity that Cobain's
always did, not really saying anything definite, but keeping to themes
that are fairly universal and easily molded to one's own worldview. His
vocals also walk that line between throaty singing and out-and-out
Billy's drums are strong and forceful, without threatening to overpower
the entire album. Kristin's bass line provides the same powerful,
nearly danceable throb that Krist Novaselic's work in Nirvana did. It's
not as loud as Nirvana was, but still has the same beauty in distortion.
"Action" shares a bit of its bass line with "Molly's Lips," and
"Marshall, Will and Holly" is exactly the fuzz pedal dream that Nirvana
would have dreamed up in their heyday.
However, OCG manages to make their music distinct and catchy in a way
that no other band I'm familiar with does today. Their songs are catchy
and hummable, when you can catch Byron's vocals behind the guitar fuzz
and distortion effects. "No Need For Checkpoints" grabbed me by the
ears and insinuated itself in my brain from the first minute I heard
it, and the "I stopped doing what she asked" refrain of "Weightrr" is
shouted/sung with the kind of intensity that makes me wanna scream
along every time I hear it.
So, aside from overuse of the distortion effects that cause the album
to border on murkiness, this is by far one of the most addictive albums
I've heard all year. There have been harder rocking albums and more
danceable albums, but The Further
and the Faster is the only release locally to have completely