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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Call Me Lightning
The Trouble We're In
Revelation Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Rock and roll is a good thing - and Call Me Lightning can make this good thing sound great. Hailing from the land of beer and trash (Milwaukee) and barrowing their name from a song by The Who, the boys in Call Me Lightning stomp, clap and chant their way into your head and break you down from there.

This is the scenario in my head when I listen to this album:

A thirteen year old Milwaukee boy's mother is throwing a party for her son and she invites a local band to sing some songs to help celebrate. The band she invites is Call Me Lightning - and they show up because they think it's a fun idea.

Upon their arrival they're a few sheets to the wind and ready to play. The mother is of course concerned, she does not want to be made a fool of in front of all the other mothers at the party. Nathan Lilley, the charmer that is the lead singer of the band, assures the woman that the party will in fact go down in history.

The woman, still unsure, allows the band to take the stage, but not before she gets behind the microphone and introduces the band properly.

"Um... Hello? Is this working? Hello? [squealing feedback] everyone please, pay attention. Today is my little Danny's birthday and I want to thank you all for coming to help celebrate with us. We're excited to be a part of this great community that is outer-Milwaukee! To help us celebrate I have asked some local boys to play some songs for us all to get this party into high gear! Danny, this is for you - here is Call Me Lightning!"

Instantly the deep and infectious drum beat of "Pizza Party" starts up and hands start clapping. The young and old alike in the crowd have no control over the stomping of their feet and smashing together of their hands to the music that is being played.

Everybody starts jumping around uncontrollably and the band just plays on. The bass keeps the pulse of the song pounding while the guitar shrieks with excitement. The crowd chants the last line of the song over and over while the band moves on to "Golden Radical (Young Professional)" which wins my pick of new teen anthem of the year.

Everyone joins in the 'yeah yeah' chant and the dance floor begins to collect puddles of sweat. The shaking and dancing can't be stopped. "Ghost In The Machine" starts up and everyone is out of control.

At this point in the party all barriers and barricades have been broken down. Some of the older teens are dancing with the younger mothers and everyone is wearing a smile. No one is awkward and the room is filled with goodness. The band goes through their set list three times over because nobody wants the party to end so it doesn't until the break-a, break-a dawn.

I can only imagine the show these guys bring to the stage. With a Confident swagger the music is the theme to any and every dirty, unapologetic rock and roll party. This is certainly a change of pace from the usual hardcore music Revelation Records normally puts out, but if I were a gambling man - I'd put all my money on Call Me Lightning.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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