The Histrioniks are up to new tricks on now, their fourth CD. After the psychedelic, garage sounds of “Thin”, “Camouflage Baby” will be a surprise to fans of the band. The listener will be pleasantly introduced to new instrumentation; harmonica, cello, and violin along with vocals from both Larry and Cat. Cat's vocals are alive and well on every track alternating between lead and harmony and her finale, “Abbey” is memorable as it is moving. The Histy's have struck a musical balance with the interplay of male and female vocals and this gives them a fresh sound. Larry still handles the guitars and drums and the bass playing is in the ever competent hands of Dave Powers.
Fans will also be struck by the underlying presence of acoustic guitar. There is a new flavor here as well: at times they hit upon a rootsy, 'Americana' sound with hints of country which is new territory for the band. Yes, the 'twang' can be heard in “Doghouse”, “Stop This Dream” and “Interrupted Again”. But if taken in it's entirety, the album is well in sync with late 60's Stones. You can here it the Charlie Watts style drumming, the guitar tones and certainly in the compositions themselves. And as Powers notes, “without The Thromboes debut CD, Camouflage Baby could not have been.” True enough.
So, if you hung out with The Histrioniks for the the first three CD's then you will certainly understand where they currently reside. If you are new to the band, “Camouflage Baby” is a great place to start. An old school recording combined with catchy melodies and the usual Histrionik variety and you have a quality CD that will become a mainstay in your musical library.