Brood, meet Jethro Tull. You two have
something in common — specifically, the fact that the names of your bands don’t
represent any of the musicians involved.
Nevertheless, the Brood bunch puts a distinctive stamp on their music by
interspersing traditional instrumentation — ukulele, banjo, acoustic guitar
and percussion – with a penchant for anthemic outflow and rousing, relentless
the Avett Brothers, with whom they share a certain backwoods sensibility, this
Canadian trio boasts an insurgent attitude, while still maintaining a natural
embrace. Somewhat surprisingly, their
sophomore album revolves around historical fact, the 1857 massacre of 120
unarmed settlers passing through Utah’s
Mountain Meadows territory on their way to California.
While such a tragedy seems somewhat incongruous to the concept of a rock
‘n’ roll album, songwriters Mark Sasso and Casey Laforet (drummer Steve Pitkin
is the third member of this Canadian conglomerate) seize on the sociological
and psychological ramifications inflicted on the survivors, and create a
stirring concept record in the process.
music bursts out of the gate with furious intent, the instruments strummed
furiously with an unrelenting romp and rumble. At the same time, songs such as
opener “Fingers And Tongues,” the mostly instrumental “T-Bill” and the noisy
“Write It All Down For You” are so uniformly infectious, the music makes its
mark straight away. A title like Mountain
Meadows evokes a pastoral setting that belies Elliott Brood’s actual
intent, but their aural aspirations are no less compelling.
tracks: “Fingers And Tongues,” “T-Bill,” “Woodward Avenue” LEE ZIMMERMAN