Calpurnia | Glitz, Garters & A Dribble of Youth

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Glitz, Garters & A Dribble of Youth

by Calpurnia

One part The Black Keys, one part The Kinks, two parts Rolling Stones, two parts Oasis, a dash of The Doors, and a pinch of Stone Temple Pilots. Mix all ingredients and prepare for rock & roll from this four-piece Richmond, VA outfit.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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1. Rail Runs Over
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2. Postman
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3. Ragtop
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4. The New Imperial
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Calpurnia is a four-piece rock & roll outfit hailing from Richmond, VA. The band focuses on original music with a sound reminiscent of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Black Keys, Stone Temple Pilots, and Oasis.

The sounds of Calpurnia are rooted in the innovations of rock and roll’s past. The most recent effort is a four track disc entitled Glitz, Garters & A Dribble of Youth. Our music is a combination of blues rhythms and expansive rock melodies combined with modern hooks and grit. Every track re-asserts what music really does for people: it communicates love, heartbreak, and justice with power and sincerity.


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Ethan Machemer

Calpurnia – Glitz, Garters & A Dribble of Youth (2008)
Glitz... is the first official offering from the four-piece Richmond rock outfit, Calpurnia, a mix of driving guitar melodies, upbeat drumming, and soulful lyrics. Their sound is built heavily on mid-90’s guitar rock, but combines elements evocative of later 90’s skate rock, the Rolling Stones, and even the Smashing Pumpkins. They have a polished bareness to their songs, which can be owed in part to the limited production, but also the rawness and newness of the songs themselves. Similar in straddling genres to the Black Keys, this first EP finds Calpurnia getting their feet wet, and finding out exactly where they stand with their music. At times it seems like the band wants you to classify them as more of the same, a decision you knowingly regret, because they don’t adequately fit into any mold. Solos and tempo changes add excitement to the guitar chords and drum beats, themselves unique in the music scene today, and leaves you wanting to do nothing but dance along. Singer Adam Triplett’s voice belongs more in an early century blues bar not alongside passionate rock and roll, but that contrast is exactly where their strength lies, resulting in deep, heartfelt numbers. While their sound develops, this is what will distinguish them from other groups. There is a true originality in their songs, in every note, you can tell it is born out of a story or experience, good or bad, that has affected the course of their lives. To have that instant connection and relation is something that few bands can achieve. Each track is different from the others, without trying to be different, a genesis born from care and respect in all the pieces coming together, and returns to the basic fact, it’s all about the music. The record is aptly titled, because simply put, this is youth. Despair, joy, love, confusion, heartache, and many more emotions all float through, and they haven’t ignored any of them. Youth is about growing and discovering, and there is a lot of growing the band will do, across waves of up and downs, yet, if this is how they start, I surely wish to come along for the ride.

Tony G.

Good Music!
I had the opportunity of checking out Calpurnia's live show before I purchased the album. From my understanding, it had been a few months since the initial EP release -as the guitarist mentioned on stage that they had recently returned from a northeast promotional. Honestly, I don't think I could've picked a better venue to see their show because the sound quality was excellent. I found the show itself to be quite entertaining as the band churned out a fleet of solid rockers, including the songs on this EP, contrasting with one western-style acoustic romp and a sort-of waltzy-turned-hendrixy groove (if that makes any sense).
Given the amount of time elapsed since the EP release I am assuming that the bulk of the songs they played live were fresh, at least, it certaintly sounded like it! This EP is really solid and it highlights many of the energetic highs one would experience through live performance, but I think they sounded even better live! Now, allow me to be clear, I do genuinely enjoy this EP, especially songs 3 & 4, but after hearing them live I think Calpurnia has some real potential! The evidence can be found in each of the 4 songs on this release: Rail Runs Over is a no-nonsense, straight-forward catchy-as-all openener; Postman offers ssneering, lively vocals coupled with an intriguing chord-structure; Ragtop is a bluesy thumper,and, if I remember correctly, was one my live favorites; and finally, the New Imperial is much like a kick in the groin. Clocking in at barely over 2 minutes, this song is a relentless high-paced punky-thriller which never let's up. Each time I listen to the EP I find myself playing this song one or 2 more times. By the way, during the climax of the song I swear I can hear what appears to be the crashing of symphonic cymbals...I don't know, i'll have to ask them the next time I see them live, which, by the way I am looking forward to!