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Vitriol

by George Hrab

Geo's third album is 14-track, 70-minute multi-genre wacky adventure. VITRIOL truly is a bizarre amalgamation sometimes described as rock-folk-rap-jazz-fusion-prog-acoustic-funk-hiphop-world-classical-pop-retro-electronic-fat free-music. Huh?
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Monkey Hip Dysplasia
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2. Speak To You
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3. Shoe
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4. Psycho Killer
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5. Irk
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6. Nun
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7. Swift Kick
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8. Trial + Error
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9. Bebop
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10. Vitriol
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11. Simple Simian
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12. B3 (brainsbodyboth)
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13. Cruel Spines
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14. Skeptic
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
So I have this one talent. No really. And by talent, I mean something that I'm really, really good at, which requires no effort or work. Wanna know what I think I can do effortlessly, better than anyone else on the planet? Here goes: I can recognize celebrity voiceovers. Wow, there it is. If there is a famous actor doing a voiceover for a car commercial or a bank ad or documentary or anything, I INSTANTLY know who it is. Honda? Richard Dreyfuss. Chevy? James Coburn. Volvo? Donald Sutherland. The Discovery Channel Dinosaur Documentary? Avery Brooks. The VH1 Legends Documentary on Led Zeppelin? Stephen Baldwin. Piece of cake. I just know who it is. Instant access. Bingo. No thought involved whatsoever. "So..." you may ask, "What can you do with this talent?" Well, here's what: NOTHING. Zip. Nada. Believe me, I have wracked my brain trying to figure out how to make money off this skill, but it's essentially worthless. HOWEVER- I think it does provide me with a somewhat acute sense of timbre. (That's NOT the thing that lumberjacks yell by the way.) SO- what you have here is a collection of songs that really tries to explore the most extreme shades of timbre possible. I have consciously tried to experiment before, during, and after the recording of these songs, with keeping my finely-tuned (albeit worthless) sense of timbre satiated and satisfied.

What you also have here is a conscious attempt at writing SONGS. I've noticed that in the past, I hadn't really written TUNES. Sure there were a few songs here and there, but out of my first two albums, there was only a handful of numbers that I could sit and sing with a guitar. (It's extremely difficult to perform Treadmill Anxiety on an acoustic). I guess for this disc I purposely wanted to write more SONG songs. (Often strangers see me sitting outside with a guitar, and if a conversation gets struck up, invariably they ask me to play something of mine, and I usually have to explain that most of my music is more "conceptually-group-performance-oriented", at which point they give me a strange look and slowly back away ... and one can hardly blame them).

Now don't get me wrong, I love weird improv stuff and crunching guitar mash tunes like [sic] or Triage, but I think a well-written tune is its own thang. Therefore- what you've got here is a bunch of SONG songs recorded to sound as SONICALLY INTERESTING as possible. (As a brief example, every track on this record used a different drum kit setup, with alternating mic placement and effects. It was a pain, but it was WORTH IT.) Whether this refocused writing/timbral effort has produced anything of value we'll let someone else decide. In the meantime, turn the volume up, drink plenty of fluids and... take your medicine.


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vbloke

grr!
smart music for smart people - and smart music for stupid people too

Marvin Long

Nun shall pass
B4 there was coelacanth there was B3. Let this album get its spines into you -- they won't retract.

Craig Smith

Funk Is The Drug
An overdose of funk, wit, and humor.
The CD packaging is pure genius (with hours of entertaining liner notes), but the damned metal CD box doesn't fit in your standard jewel case CD library. But, I really love it anyway.

Shannon Farrell

Brilliant!
George Hrab makes fantastic music that is upbeat, positive, and totally funkadellic. This CD has easily displaced nearly all of my other music for my listening choice. George's music works great for workouts or when you're feeling down, or just for fun.

Michael Bergman

Feel free to chuckle in awe
Picking up a copy of Vitriol is like a pleasant visit with an old psychopathic friend that you've never met. The songs are familiar, in a skewed sort of way, making them both comfortable to listen to and surprising with each listen. Musically, the CD cannot be classified, any more than one could classify a later Zappa album, David Byrne's experiments, or something by Pierre Boulez. Jazz? Funk? Pop? Trance? No labels here. Lyrically, the CD is an amalgam of clever references, wordplay, and subject matter too diverse (and occasionally too perverse) to list. So take a chance and spend the bucks. I'm sure that you've spent more on a lousy meal, and all that left you with was bad gas. This will entertain you, make you tap your toes (polyrhythmically), and buy Mr. Hrab and company's other CDs!