"A chaotic assault of sounds and segues...Buckle up before proceeding." - Lee Zimmerman, Amplifier Magazine
“This is brilliant traditional pop with rock bits. Big, gorgeous, sharp; fussed over, yet somehow raw. And utterly unique.”– Phil Rockrohr, Time Out Chicago
"gloriously audacious." - Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader
"Up Late With People" (2004)
From the opening sugar rush of “Where The People Kick It” to the effervescent thrills of “Adelaide,” "Up Late With People" is a mutating mélange of prog-infused pop songs that incorporate the British invasion flair of The Kinks and The Zombies with the ambitious arrangement fetishes of Queen and Pink Floyd, all with an infectious jolt of power pop a la Cheap Trick and The Sweet. The album is unapologetic as it effortlessly travels all over the musical map, all the while keeping its identity decidedly intact. From delicate harmonies to clamoring cacophony, from bludgeoning rhythms to caressing melodies, "Up Late With People" is a C.S. Lewis–like journey through your dusty old record collection. Ness’s multifarious racket is most notably exemplified by the album’s 13-minute title track. The album was recorded by Andy Gerber (Kevin Tihista, Local H) and Neal Ostrovsky (The Webb Brothers, Bon Mots). This audacious debut, which their guiding hands helped birth, can now be heard as an eclectic harbinger of the band’s second release, "You Can’t Afford To Feel."
Rick Ness, John San Juan, Bill Swartz, Phil Young.