Sean O'Connell plugs in for Stories, leaning hard on a roiling chug in opener "Desperate Futures," snarling over the talking head that fuels his organ with the gas it needs. Partner Miles Senzaki is his ever-present foundation, tagging the brotherly landscape with crisp brushes and fills. As always, the covers are insprired gems among the originals. Cold War Kids' "Passing the Hat" is translated on stark piano atop a harsh wind tearing at a loose metal flap. Much respect to the The Beatles pick, "The Inner Light" - a Harrison composition, no less. But it's a trip through Nirvana's "Dumb" that really sends the jaw clanging with sessioneer J.P. Maramba's bass handling the main riff and O'Connell's clean ivories speaking in Kurt Cobains' grimy moan. Vibraphone-dreamy closer "Epilogue Cabin" seals the EP with a snowy kiss. The only drawback - as always on a Leviathan joint - is the premature goodbye.
-Under the Radar Magazine (Winter, 2008)
LA's Leviathan Brothers—keyboardist Sean O'Connell and drummer Miles Senzaki—have just finished recording their Short Stories EP (tentatively due in September, with art by South Park animator Ryan Quincy, who also directed a video for LB's gorgeous "Hoboken Promises," which will be included on the CD; YouTube it). Another tune from it, "Desperate Futures," links churchy organ dirge with athletically stumbling funk. (J.P. Maramba plays bass on the EP, but live, the Brothers remain a duo.) Short Stories, recorded in one afternoon at Pasadena's Hot Pie Studios, will also include idiosyncratic covers of the Cold War Kids' "Passing the Hat" and the Beatles' "The Inner Light.
Why should you care? Leviathan Brothers are one of the few SoCal units who could give jammy jazzbos Medeski Martin & Wood a run with their brilliant interpretations of pop/rock classics and their own elegantly edgy compositions. Plus, they have some of the wittiest stage banter going.