New Jersey's one-man band
Home Blitz (Daniel DiMaggio)
offered one of the most original takes on
garage-rock and power-pop of the 2000s.
Home Blitz (Gulcher, 2007), that compiles the
first two singles, a cassette, an EP and unreleased material,
masterfully bridged chaos and order.
amateurish rigmaroles halfway between Magnetic Fields and Half Japanese (Apocalyptic Grades 2005 A.D., Something 2 Do),
primal riffs a` la Kinks (Hey),
Rolling Stones-ian singalongs (My Town),
Sixties-inflected garage-rock (Stupid Street,
and especially Marquand Park),
catchy punk-rock (Right Cut Even, A.F.F.),
Bob Dylan-ian folk rants (Benches),
and psychedelic freak-outs (Bored).
DiMaggio is a force of nature. He tends to funnel his energy into compact
structures, with one exception: the nine-minute Yard. However,
there's a casual piano ballad sandwitched between the chaotic dissonant intro
and the musique concrete of its coda.
Despite the dissonant bacchanal Nest Of Vipers that opens it,
Out Of Phase (Richie, 2009) leaned towards the poppy and funny side
of the equation, i.e. towards
manic rock'n'roll rhythms (the addictive Two Steps, Other Side Of The Street,
and sharp hooks (Don't Talk To Me, Is Anybody There?).
A few experiments (notably the almost doom-metal A Different Touch)
show a broader range of interests, but too many songs sound like filler.
The louder and crisper production does not automatically transfer in higher creativity.
This sounds like an EP that was stretched out to become an album.
More irregular power-pop surfaced on the
single Perpetual Night (Almost Ready), backed with the no less
infectious Murder In My Heart.
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