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Fl. Oz.

Maybe pianos really are taking back the world of rockdom by storm. If so, fingers should be pointed at one of the principal revolutionaries -- Murfreesboro, TN's Fl. Oz. While guitar, bass and drums are all unquestionably part of this collective’s sound, it's Seth Timbs’ sometimes bouncy, other times flashy, and always marvelous piano playing that rounds out the band's unique sound and saturates the air with memorable melodies. In the New Old-Fashioned Way's ironic title certainly has a bit of truth to it, as the jazzy rock rhythms hearken back to the earlier days of rock. You know, days that were sans your Kid Rocks and Limp Bizkits -- the old-fashioned days that relied on shrewd lyrics and intricate musicianship rather than hiding behind walls of distortion and egregious effects. Fans will already be familiar with the tracks "Lend Me Your Ears" and "Vegetable Kingdom," from the Vegetable Kingdom EP. The flashy "Marvel Girl" creates a modern day supergirl hero and supplies her with racy musical accompaniment that zestfully fights the evil forces of the world. The powerful "Drought" anchors the album with a deft combination of jazzy, carnivalesque piano and metaphorical lyrics that are insightful enough for the thought-seeking, but not so academic as to induce casual listeners to skip ahead in search of lighter fare. Fl. Oz. scores high for the band's continued persistence at carving out its own niche in modern-day indie-rock, as does Spongebath Records for repeatedly standing behind a band that will have tomorrow's kids reaching for the piano seat instead of the distortion pedal.

Fl. Oz.
In the New Old-Fashioned Way
Spongebath
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Review by Andrew Magilow

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