Q - 10/01, p.1283 stars out of 5
- "...Superbly idiosyncratic stuff..."
CMJ - 8/27/01, p.12
"...Lyrically and musically over the top....strangely beautiful..."
The Murder City Devils: Spencer Moody (vocals); Dann Gallucci (guitar, background vocals); Nate Manny (guitar); Leslie Hardy (piano, organ, keyboards); Derek Fudesco (bass); Coady Willis (drums).
Producers include: The Murder City Devils, Matt Bayles.
Recorded at Ironwood Studios, Seattle, Washington.
Personnel: Dann Gallucci (vocals, guitar); Spencer Moody (vocals); Nate Manny (guitar); Brent Arnold (cello); Leslie Hardy (piano, organ, keyboards); Coady Willis (drums).
Audio Mixers: Matt Bayles; Paul d'Amour.
Recording information: Ironwood Studios, Seattle, WA (2001).
Photographer: Nate Manny.
By the time of 2001's THELEMA, the haunting organs on the periphery of the Murder City Devils' sound had become a central feature of their raucous garage punk. Singer Spencer Moody's bellicose yell remains an acquired taste, but the music is more varied than ever. "Bear Away" is more percolating post-punk than classic garage rock, and the moody "Bride of the Elephant Man" thrives on stabbing guitars and drums that attack from several angles through the keyboard haze. "364 Days" is a fitting final track, as Moody drops the yell for clean singing and the band plays a shaky barroom ballad.