Sunday, August 11, 2013

Too Much Saturn (Moving Forward Sideways)

Sorry for the extended absence again. Between work and a couple of family issues I've been having lately, I'm left with little time for much else.
   A while back I was contacted by a nice fellow that told me he was a fan of the blog and asked me to re-post a record for him. Turns out that fellow is Dave Franco, drummer for Too Much Saturn. Dave contacted me again recently to inform me the band's released an LP and asked if I would be interested in reviewing it. At first I was reluctant since I try to focus mainly on older records. But being that Dave is a nice guy and a fan of the blog, here it goes...
   Too Much Saturn are a Chicago Five Piece, that's been around for about five years. The band formed from the ashes of several Chicago based bands such as, Great Big Noise, Double Play, Scheme, The Quick, Trendoids, Oh Boy! and The Vandalays. Their name comes from the Francis Dunnery tune Too Much Saturn. Russ Spice, (Guitar) was the technical engineer on The Smashing Pumpkins Billboard Number One LP "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."
   Musically, "Moving Forward Sideways" is modern sounding Powerpop with a slight Indie edge. As I listened to the album I found them somewhat reminiscent of a New Jersey 90's band, Oral Groove. Overall it's a nice effort; you can tell these guys really enjoy great Pop music and it shows through on the disc. If I had to pick, I think my favorite track here is "Funny". I included it below for you to download.
  If your interested in learning more about Too Much Saturn, here's their Bandcamp Page, their Reverbnation Page and their Facebook Page. If you want to buy the disc, here's a couple of places you can find it. Kool Kat Musik, Amazon, ITunes, and CD Baby.

The Band -

Mark Hoffmann - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chris Cerasoli - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Russ Spice - Guitar, Vocals
Guy Sheldon - 4 & 12 String Bass, Vocals
Dave Franco - Drums, Percussion

♫♫♫...The Jokes On Me...♫♫♫

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