Eddie The Rat: Food For The Moon Too Soon (2010)
Eddie The Rat delves into abrasive minimalist ventures and eerie soundscapes amid notions of ascending onto the "other side." The unusual instrumentation is partly equalized by Bill O'Mahony's skronk-like rock guitar phrasings and the core rhythm section's sturdy beats. With booming bass ostinatos and psycho voices, the band embeds a massive array of factors into its repertoire.
On "Spiritual Amnesia," Heather Bradley's rather aching, lead vocals set the stage for a cosmic folk-rock-psychedelic jaunt that teems with dissonant treatments and Jesse Hix's quirky Jews harp lines. Depending on how the program is digested, the music can appear to intimate a blurry nightmare or perhaps a fitting soundtrack for Ouija board fare. Regardless, it's a strangely interesting trip, underscored by the ensemble's offbeat and entertaining manner of spinning a tune.
Track Listing: Metabolized; Listen; Waiting for (Ain't Never Gonna Get); Enlightenment Blues; Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt. 1; Cannibal; I Ovulate in Mode; Spiritual Amnesia; Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt. 2; Primordial Hoot; Life (as a Prosthetic-Workaround for the Soul).
Personnel: Peter J. Martin - (aka Pete Rat): conductor, lead vocals, sermonizing, piano, moog, guitar, birdcage, magazine rack, assorted odds 'n ends; Ronnie Camaro: electric bass, sparklers; Bill O'Mahony: electric guitar; Jesse Hix: contrabass, xylophone, jews harp; Warren Huegel: percussion, wine glasses; Brandon Foust: percussion, wine glasses; Heather Bradley: lead vocals; Molly Tascone: vocals; Floyd Labar: vocals; Jeanette Labar: vocals; Dione Ardania: vocals; Vonn Scott Bair: vocals.
Record Label: Edgetone Records
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde