Tuesday, November 15, 2005

You Can't Blame them for Being So Good.

Blame Game

Today I walked up to Criminal Records in anticipation of hearing Blame Game, a band I have read much buzz about in publications such as Southern Performer and Creative Loafing. They were voted as Best Overall Musical Act in Atlanta in the Creative Loafing this year, so that was one reason I wanted to check them out. Another reason being that I work with the mother of one of the guitarists, George Asimakos.

The In Store performances at Criminal Records are normally set up outside in the summertime, but during the fall they get moved inside to the back of the store, where the space is cramped, however, the sound is quite good given the situation. After meeting up with a couple of people from the office, we settled into a nook by the front counter of the store and got a face-rocking 35 minute set.

The only way I can describe this style of music is "glorified jam session." This is the kind of music I would throw into the CD player and put on repeat while having party guests over, considering the majority of the album is instrumental. There were hardly any vocals during the entire set. In fact, the whole thing was comparable to one very long song. I say this because the band never stopped playing in between songs. They segued into each track without any pausing whatsoever. The talent is more than evident in these four guys. There were a couple of instances where the drummer put down his sticks and picked up a saxophone for a couple of bars, adding to the jazz-like feel of the sound. As I was listening, I picked up possible influences of Jimi Hendrix, but in a much more updated sense, far from that of Lenny Kravitz.

Blame Game has a tendency to move through their list by layering each instrument to where the listener can pick up every one of them and appreciate what each member is extracting. It's similar to being on a musical roller coaster. One second you are slowly moving along with long and drawn out notes, and the next you are whirling forward at lightning fast speed on quick, clean beats. It's absolutely uncanny how these guys display the obvious talent they have.

Criminal Records only had one copy left of their recent release Honey and Salt from StickFigure that came out in June. I suggest taking a listen to these guys if you like music, because this, my friends, is indie music at it's finest.
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