Thursday, April 2, 1998

Review - Electronic Home Entertainment System

Artist: Wallmen

Posted on Thu, Apr 2, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Electronic Home Entertainment System
Label: Wild Pitch
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Electronic Home Entertainment System

Psychedelic-Rock Rule No. 14: Any group with a theremin is bound to be good. This mighty axiom is proven once again by Syracuse band the Wallmen, who throw up a barrier of sonic guitar fuzz that is as jarring as a highway full of Bob's Barricades.

If psychedelic-pop princes Jellyfish were swayed by Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," or Hanson grew up bitter, the result might well resemble the Wallmen. With playful production and nose-tweaking asides to Devo, Zappa, Ween, R.E.M., Murray Head, the Pixies, They Might Be Giants, The Shaggs and Primus, "Electronic Home Entertainment System" presents a band willing to do anything but fall into a rut. Simply put, this is the best that the nebulous form known as "college rock" has to offer.

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