O.B. James 1 p.m., March 7
1) Passion Fruit (Go Bananas!)
2) I Know What I Know
3) Sweet Tequila
4) Crosstown Traffic (Hendrix)
5) Baja Taxi
6) Rocket Science
"They say the grass is always greener, so how come you don't like mine?" asks funk rock foursome Brain Buckit on their ambitious six-track EP. Out of the six songs, there are three that are good, "Sweet Tequila," "Crosstown Traffic," and "Rocket Science." "Sweet Tequila" has the memorable "Tequila tastes sweet on lips that smile," or perhaps it's only remembered because it is said half a dozen times.
The three guys and a gal render a tight mix of jazzy rock that's occasionally punked out with ska horns. Guitarist Chris Kelly provides Hendrix-inspired fills that add needed complexity.
Brain Buckit's willingness to experiment with their sound is admirable, but they would reach a wider audience if their instrumental quirkiness was a little more palatable. "Rocket Science" features the line, "I never raised no chickens, but I know that they can't fly," before a well-played sax solo by Amy Stickney. Minus the clucking, this song would be a standout.
There is plenty of talent in this group, but they didn't pull it off the ground entirely this time, as prophetically reflected in their song "I Know What I Know."
"Walkin' out the other day, when love really came my way, but then it stopped, reversed, and turned away, went on back from where it came." I kind of know how they feel.
--- Hometown CD Review 1-20-05