2/4/2005 - Review by: Frank Hill
Milkweed - body floss - 2004 --Nailer
Looking like the bit players from a one of MTV's 'Jackass' spin-off shows and originating out of Cincinnati, Milkweed originally formed in 1999, with its main fanbase located in Cincinnati and surrounding areas and for the past 5 years focused on touring up and down the Midwest and East Coast.
You get about everything from these 15 tracks from the all-out slamming of the aggressive opener 'body floss' and 'throw down' to the soft touches of 'tenchics' and the humor of banging fat girls in Cinci (cincinnati fatties--with its mean, but brilliant use of horns recalling the sounds of circus elephants) and getting off as quick as possible with chicks in 'minute made' ("gone in 60 seconds like Nicolas Cage"). The topics here aren't worldly and there's no political agendas just anger, STDs, chicks, fighting and other street frustrations and machoisms.
The songs all mesh really consistently with tight, skillful, multiple hip-hop lead vocals both clean and rough in many styles: rapid-fire, soft, rough and Onxy-hyper--over top of simplistic, groove-oriented guitars and modern bouncing bass lines tied in with techno samples. What puts the band on a higher level is the bits of variety, like some funk and soul leads, in the instrumentation from song to song that show a level of maturity that only comes from time and practice. It's almost paradoxical that the maturity of their playing comes through this kind of subject matter, but it does and it sounds great for a self-sustaining band. Only thing that may hold these guys back, I think, is the scatological content of their imagery and packaging.
There's similarities at times to Stuck Mojo and Limp Bizkit and even Slipknot are apparent. Cincinnati locals probably don't want to see these guys move up to bigger things, but they really need to. They deserve all the props they get.
Score: 8.5 of 10
Rob Rieman - Vocals/Samples/Keys
Joe Sparto - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dave Shives - Bass/Backing Vocals
Eric Walterman - Drums/Percussion
$9 for 15 great tracks: http://www.milkweed1.com/
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