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Eddie The Rat: Food For The Moon Too Soon

Read "Food For The Moon Too Soon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Peter Martin describes the methodology of his band, Eddie The Rat, as “head music for your feet." Here, the Bay Area twelve-piece unit is captured live in 2001 at Artist's Television Access in San Francisco. And when citing Martin's use of various instruments, it is worth noting that some of them include birdcage, magazine rack, and sermonizing. Percussion also serves as a vital component of the group's impetus, to complement the six primary vocalists. Martin's methodology ...

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Eddie The Rat: Out Behind the 8-Ball

Read "Out Behind the 8-Ball" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Eddie the Rat is the group moniker for San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist Peter Martin and his merry quartet. With the band's seventh release, they continue to etch a niche sound that truly does provide a mark of distinction. Think of a modern day John Cage delving into avant-garde, progressive-rock and pop music amid the odd-metered time signatures, thrusting percussion vamps and unlikely instrumentation.

With an unorthodox assortment of implements, Martin looms as a true multitasking artist, where he simultaneously ...

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Eddie The Rat: Once Around The Butterfly Bush

Read "Once Around The Butterfly Bush" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This San Francisco-based unit proves that rock music is free-game and is not exclusive to high-volume antics and memorably melodic hooks. With odd instrumentation and influences that seemingly span legendary Canterbury prog-band Henry Cow and renegade composer John Cage, the music is partly schizoid but structured.

The ensemble morphs minimalism with elements of grunge rock with variable flows consisting of tinker bell-like maneuvers and synchronous percussion movements. Some of these works communicate notions of the macabre ...


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