Dishwater Psychics | Grave Country Fondle

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Grave Country Fondle

by Dishwater Psychics

Melodic, guitar-driven indie rock.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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1. Braised On a Sunset Lie
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2. Empty Medicine
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3. Pride and a Musty Quilt
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4. Phlegm Widows
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5. Tons of Tomorrow
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6. Statutory Misgivings
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7. Faxed Breath
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8. Renewable Lamb
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9. Bingo Hall Backdrop
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10. Impossible Selves
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11. Grave Country Fondle
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12. Time Files
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Dishwater Psychics\' necessarily limited approach - recording long distance in isolation, without practicing together - has so far produced a range of fidelities and musical styles, from ultra lo-fi 4-track rock to crisp, digital, folk-pop experiments. But it wasn\'t until the group began work on what would become \"Grave Country Fondle\" that they realized the potential of layering their instruments in thick, nuanced slabs. Call it musical chess.

The band\'s last two albums, \"If I Ever Disintegrate\" and \"Dry Night Riverbed,\" represented a more cohesive aesthetic return after taking four years off from each other. On the heels of those higher-fi discs they got busy with \"Grave Country Fondle,\" which again employs the bare-bones Alesis drum machine, electric and acoustic guitars, cheap Panasonic keys, B3 organ, liberal distortion, drum overdubs, and lead singer John\'s hallmark, Lou Barlow-esque, four-part vocals.

With the entire band contributing lyrics, solos, backing vocals, and the inexorably demented vibe that only bleeds from the Midwest and its transplants, \"Grave Country Fondle\" offers everything Dishwater Psychics have tried over the years: Dark, moody rock (the title track), upbeat, Guided by Voices-esque power pop (\"Empty Medicine\"), heavily treated country-leaning songs (\"Phlegm Widows\"), hairy mock narratives (\"Renewable Lamb\"), chilly \'80s synth (\"Faxed Breath\"), strutting indie rock (\"Statutory Misgivings\") and more.

If you\'ve heard other Friendly Psychics Music releases, this one will show you how far the collective has come with its production, performances, and tone. If you\'re unfamiliar with this unique, loose-knit label, \"Grave Country Fondle\" is the perfect intro. Recommended for fans of Sebadoh, Swearing at Motorists, the Shins, Ween, and other intoxicants.


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Lex Thiel

Disagreement.net (3.11.10)
Disagreement.net (3.11.10)
(Dishwater Psychics - Grave Country Fondle
(Friendly Psychics Music) 9 stars

Released already in mid-2008, it took the fourth Dishwater Psychics CD Grave Country Fondle nearly two years to find its way to DisAgreement Online. I wonder why that long delay, because this band is, next to Brainswarm and Derecho, among the strongest on the small independent label.

The trio shows signs of artistic inbreeding as two members are also involved with the label. John Wenzel is in charge of vocals, guitar and keyboards, Chris Jones plays the bass and sings the backing vocals. I have not yet encountered anywhere else Dan Miller who plays guitar, keyboards and also adds some backing vocals. Fourth member is a beat machine.

Dishwater Psychics were founded in Dayton, Ohio back in 1999 and released three albums and one EP until 2001 when the band went on hiatus until 2006. As is customary on this label, there is a strong emphasis on home recording techniques, meaning that the musicians have never actually met in a recording studio, but sent their parts to each other. Nevertheless the final result sounds astonishingly homogenous. Dishwater Psychics play quiet rock music that never sounds cheesy, even though Phlegm Widows has a certain campfire flair. At times they turn to pop (Empty Medicine, Bingo Hall Backdrop), but can just as well sound melancholic (Pride And A Musty Quilt, Time Files), no matter how, they always come across very relaxingly. John Wenzel is furthermore gifted with an extraordinarily pleasant voice. If you really have to come up with a comparison, you might name R.E.M., although Dishwater Psychics sound much more authentic and sincere.

After a good half hour, you will find yourself disappointed that the album has already found its conclusion. Just listen to it again, because you won’t grow tired of this excellent band.