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PROJECT- Where’s The Wire? (Make
or Break Records) What kinda goddamn
fools put out a 10” record in this day and age?
The same kinda goddamn fools who don’t give a fuck about what
they’re supposed to do, opting
instead to take a path of their own choosing.
I admire that, and I admire Fellow Project.
I’m sure every half-baked hack who’s listened to this would
probably describe Where’s The Wire? this way (and since I fall into this realm,
I’ll unapologetically say it anyhow), but these guys sound like a
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup meeting between Lou Reed and an unplugged
version of the Pixies. Lyrically,
Fellow Project is sharp and clever and painfully self-conscious.
“Doom?” kicks off side one by saying, “Some singers are
assholes and really good actors who really mean what they say…I may be
guilty but I do believe there is something inside me.”
The album’s closing track, “Where’s The Wire?” (and don’t
these guys use a helluva lot of question marks?) contains what’s
probably my favorite line of the entire release: “Yeah I stick to
myself, though I may be hanging out with the wrong crowd.”
They even have a song called “Vamanos,” which I suspect may be
a dig at their obvious Pixies influence. (And just in case you didn’t
realize it, the Pixies’ “Vamos”- in both its forms- is absolutely
one [or two, I guess] of the best songs released in the late ‘80s).
Musically, Fellow Project has a smoothness and high bopability
factor that’ll suck you right into their horse race-loving maws.
Kick your goddamn parakeet off your turntable and check this out
already. –Ben Hunter