The Circuit Riders | An Arm and a Legacy

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An Arm and a Legacy

by The Circuit Riders

Acoustic indie-folk with dark melodies and bright performances
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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1. Driving Backwards (in a Stolen Car)
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2. Simple Slums
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3. Treble Tape
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4. Language as a Second English
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5. Bright Spike
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6. Snow Days
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7. Bricklaying Fool
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8. Smashed Laps
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9. Black Lies
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10. Shard of Grass
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11. East of Impossible
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12. Night Lip
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13. Justin Halloran
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14. Calligraphic Violence
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15. Wizard Juice
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Yep, they're getting the band back together.

The Circuit Riders, a weirdo indie-folk group partly responsible for Friendly Psychics Music, have reformed after a seven year break. The quartet's forthcoming album, "An Arm and a Legacy," contains the tried-and-true acoustic guitars and fantastical, tongue-twisting lyrics, but adds bass, piano, and inifinitely higher production values than the band's boombox-recorded past.

Songs like "Smashed Laps," "Language as a Second English" and "Treble Tape" prove that the band, which has sported more than 50 members in the past, still has the weirdly catchy indie-folk vibe down. And no, they're not a gospel-country act from Alabama, regardless of what the voices in your head are telling you.

All the members contribute lyrics and titles, but for the most part the same roles hold true as they have over the Circuit Riders dozens of other releases. The band features members of Dishwater Psychics, Bullet Gastino, Upstate and Wicked Immigrant.

Like all Friendly Psychics Music bands, the members have never practiced or played together in the same room, layering their parts through the mail. In fact, most of them have never even met.


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Lex Thiel

Disagreement.net (12/25/07)
Disagreement.net (12/25/07)

17 songs
40:11 minutes
*****
Friendly Psychics Musis

The Circuit Riders consist of members from the Friendly Psychics collective, with label owner John Wenzel playing guitars and keyboards. Circuit Riders describe their music as acoustic indie folk with dark melodies and bright performances. They also like to compare themselves to Guided By Voices, Sebadoh and Swearing At Motorists. Although the musical description makes sense, I can’t relate to the parallels to the aforementioned bands. The album is kept too much at an acoustic level, and there are hardly any catchy melodies to be found, so that it becomes rather hard to pay much attention to the music. Maybe there have been too many line-up changes in the past to develop a more dynamic style. An Arm And A Legacy is the band’s second album in seven years, although the Circuit Riders have been releasing about twenty albums since the mid-Nineties, with approximately fifty different musicians contributing up to four hundred tracks!

There are several bands on Friendly Psychics Music with more or less the same members and playing more or less the same genre, but somehow the songs performed by Upstate, Wicked Immigrant and Dishwater Psychics convinced me more than the Circuit Riders material. An Arm And A Legacy is nice enough to be used as a background music, but it’s not an album that deserves too much attention. My personal highlight of the album is the cover photograph taken in the film museum of Berlin, showing skeleton requisites of the cult movie Jason And The Argonauts .