Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The Couch-The Couch
The Couch is the self-titled EP for San Marcos rockers The Couch which consists of lead vocalist Taylor Wilkins on guitar, Matt Adams on bass/backup vocals, Jud Johnson on drums/backup vocals. Reminiscent of The Black Crowes with a splash or two of the White Stripes, The Couch encompasses a soulful orchestration of instruments while maintaining a contemporary rock/funk sound. The album's first track "The Sugared Jubilee," reveals the band's ability to rip into the musical abyss with burning guitar riffs, penetrating bass lines and incessant drumming. "Marvin," begins with a Pulp Fiction sound bite from the scene in which Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta asks backseat passenger Marvin his opinion and 'accidently' shoots him in the face and begins to bicker with partner Jules Winnfiel (Samuel L. Jackson.) While the lyrics are not titular to the song's title, the track's wailing guitar and piercing bass compliment Wilkins' whisky soaked vocals nicely. The album's concluding track, "The Pauper, Pope and the Stoned," opens with some sort of vibrato psychedelic sound which fades abruptly when Wilkins's begins to sing. Beginning with an upbeat tempo and transitioning into to a more jam rock anthem midway, Wilkin's sings about disregarding behavior during drunken stupors and repeats the lyrics "stop drinking, stop drinking by yourself" over and over with Adams and Johnson as backups---easily the standout track and most rock of the EP.
The album art features a caricature of what appears to be Arsenio Hall shouting "THE COUCH," sketched by local artist and University Star cartoonist Doug Pollard. In honest opinion, The Couch is a great album to put on during a pre-game before a night out on the town.