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Fall in Love With the Concussions

by The Concussions

In more ways than Hogan has goats, music describes each glowing facet of romance. In this new recording, The Concussions have selected a group of love's most memorable melodies for your most private listening moments.
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3. Witchiepoo's Jewelry Box
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4. Phantom Limbs
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5. Mrs. Beasley's Lament
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6. Champagne Problem
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7. How to Strip for Your Girlfriend's Girlfriend
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The Concussions: Fall In Love With The Concussions


...by Emma Jade Gunn

What an uber fab band! Sooo, where have they been all of my life? Are they a secret society? Who are The Concussions?

Dick Chiclet - guitar
Matt Mason - bass
Claude Nine - guitar
Billy Vits - drums

The Concussions are a group of guys with made-up names and revolving, evolving, involving masks as performance gear. I can't. No. Okay. I can. I want a mask, too!

Their album, Fall In Love With The Concussions, is the first of a pair of CDs this Michigan based instro combo are releasing this year. It definitely whet my appetite for the second.

To me, Fall In Love With The Concussions creates a beautiful fantasy. My imaginings go something like this...

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Dreamsickle - Caressing guitars and gentle drums make me sway and dance in the warm summer air, the smell of the ocean and smooth rhapsody of the waves bringing my eyes to a close while I dream. This is so wonder-filled I can easily see it as the theme song to a movie about a beautiful surfer girl who heads into the waves one day and discovers her one true love who just happens to be an Olympian God. She swims deeper and deeper into the abyss until ...

Happy Tappy - ... a city built from emeralds and sapphires erupts from the ocean floor. She places her hands against the glistening gates. She pushes and pushes, almost out of breath. Just as she thinks she will surely drown trying to get to her beloved, they ... slowly ... break ... away ... and swing open. A strong lead guitar, with pinpoint distortion, is just the cutting tool our surfer needed to breach the seemingly inpenetrable city walls.

Witchiepoo’s Jewelry Box - Behind the gates stands a Lady. She's tall, lithe, strong and has eyes the color of coal. The girl hears a new song, part Celtic dream, part Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance and she wants - needs - to sway to the sound. The surfer girl blinks, her azure eyes steeling for a fight of wills. The necklace around the Lady's neck is pearl, abalone and bronze. The girl reaches for it, bewitched.

Phantom Limbs - As if in a dream, the surfer sees her hand disappear into the reflection of the lights from the city. The dark-eyed woman has flipped a mermaid tail and is gone. The girl heads for the tallest of the buildings. She is fast. She is strong. Yet her arms and legs burn and she can't see them for the brightness of the gem-infused water. There, just ahead, her Olympian beckons. The dark woman is there, behind him, smiling, holding the necklace toward the surfer. The God and Lady are brother and sister and the surfer girl is being accepted into the City of Gems. Her phantom limbs have taken her to where she needed to go. The music of the City is filled with the guitars, horns and drums of fate.

Mrs. Beasley’s Lament - That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Okay, I'm not Mrs. Beasley, but sometimes I just have to get a little bit of fantasy in, you know? And Fall In Love With The Concussions is the perfect CD to evoke those fantasies! Just in case you're wondering, Mrs. Beasley’s Lament came on just in time or I might never have stopped dreaming my movie dream. Mrs. Beasley’s Lament is vibrant and just exactly what you need. I kid you not! Hey, Concussions, that bass opening and guitar distortion upped my fantasy to a whole new level!

Champagne Problem - The problem with champagne is that when I mix it with great drumming and great music like the masked ones play, I will go a teeny tiny wee wittle bit overboard. Hey! It's their fault, you know. See, they had on masks so I had to make up my very own godlike dude to fall for. You understand that, right? Between the invitation to imbibe champagne and guys wearing masks and using cool names like Claude Nine, I'm back to ending sentences with prepositions. The Concussions have my brain all mixed up. And I love it! (P.S. I also loved dancing to Champagne Problem. Play at your next beach bash.)

How To Strip For Your Girlfriend’s Girlfriend - I am not going there. No. Emma is going to behave. I really, truly am. But I will say 'tis the season to be lulled into doing some really fun outrageous things and How To Strip For Your Girlfriend’s Girlfriend can be your anthem. And the exquisite piano playing ... can we say, "Liberace!" It literally melts in your mouth, sugar.

Everyone’s Fast Asleep - The Concussions are exceptionally good at telling a story with their music. Everyone’s Fast Asleep has the dreamiest mix of plugged and unplugged guitars you can imagine. And those beautiful bells at the end made me all misty-eyed. Everyone’s Fast Asleep is a song I will go back to again and again so I can just dream by myself while everyone else dozes under the sun. I can see myself in a hammock, swinging on the porch, watching the waves and seeing that beautiful twinkle of starlight at the very end. Life is good.

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Fall In Love With The Concussions is an uber cool CD featuring some uber cool music. It also features a great CD cover with art from Mikey Welsh, who just happens to be a fantastic artist. He used to play bass for Weezer.

Okay, I have to do it. Can't help myself! No! I honestly can't! What do you fantastic fellows really look like? With talent like this, I'm betting Olympian Gods with a little touch of wry humor.

The Concussions "Fall In Love With..." CD reviewed in New Gandy Dancer #108: Third CD by Michigan's Concussions - the first of two for 2012 - the second "Break Up With The Concussions" will arrive in autumn. This one is brilliant. Eight gorgeous guitar instrumentals in a clean, crisp melodic style much in the style of mid-sixties Ventures Mosrite period - think 1965's "Lonely Girl" - so The Concussions come up with a great sound. Great to hear such tuneful melody lines - "Witchiepoo's Jewelery Box" is just stunning - try to imagine what a medieval folk lute would sound like rocked up on electric! "Phantom Limbs" is a bit Bond meets The Shadows with added and non-intrusive trombone for a delightful effect. Great guitars and drumming throughout - loved the neat closed rim shots that introduce "Champagne Problem", a dark little number but nevertheless great listening. It's a bit boring to talk about albums of the year - but this for sure, is up there with them. Fabulous. * * * * (Davy)


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Ivan Pongracic

Head over heels in love!
"Fall in Love with the Concussions" is simply PHENOMENAL! A masterpiece, even, and I really don't think that's an exaggeration in any way, shape or form. It's a very mellow album, full of romantic and melancholy moods befitting the title. It's actually part of a concept, as they will be releasing a follow-up CD next year, tentatively titled "Break Up With the Concussions" , and then packaging the two together on vinyl at some later point. "Fall In Love With" features 8 songs, and clocks in at 20 minutes, so it's a mini-album, but it's packed to the hilt with fantastic music in those 20 minutes.

It opens with what must be the most beautiful song I've heard in years, "Dreamsickle". This song is as light and warm as a summer breeze, remarkably delicate with a truly compelling melody, and masterful playing by the whole band. It effectively sets the mood for the whole album, which is one of a very soft touch. Bill is barely hitting the drums on the entire album. The tones are all very clear and recorded at low levels to really bring out the intimacy of the music. The guitar tones, BTW, are quite diverse. often slightly gritty and lo-fi, other times quite warm and soft. Reverb is kept fairly light on most songs, or is even completely absent on occasion. The overall recording is crystal-clear and very warm-sounding, recorded in an all-analog studio.

Some of my other favorites are the remarkable "Phantom Limbs", which has a bit of a Midnight Cowboy, mid-to-late-'60s lounge vibe, especially once the harmony and counterpoint trombones and timpani come in. The arranging on this song, well, really on all the songs, is just masterful, drawing maximum mood and feeling out of the songs. The song switches back and forth between the moody, minor-key verse and a a brighter-sounding 'chorus', and is really a gem. There's also the somewhat Shadows-influenced "Mrs. Beasley's Lament", which switches back and forth from a heavily-echoed (and I mean HEAVILY) lead to a gritty sounding baritone in a gorgeous uplifting melody.

There are also two songs with a bit of a bossa nova influence, too - "Champagne Problem" starts off with the distinctive bossa-nova beat and then goes into a fairly melancholy melody that to my ears bears a bit of an early-'60s British-instro sound, but is really quite unique. The melody on this track is almost Beatlesque in its smooth flow between different parts. Truly beautiful, as is the next song with the amusing title of "How To Strip For Your Girlfriend's Girlfriend". This track is pure bossa-nova, the only difference being that the melody is played on a dry-sounding electric guitar rather than a nylon-string acoustic. The piano arpeggios in the background throughout the song are just stunning and incredibly effective, and Christopher's bass playing is very jazzy and uplifting. I really LOVE THIS SONG! Wow. It takes serious talent to write and perform songs like this, and it shows that the Concsussions are a truly world-class band.

The album ends with another gem, "Everyone's Fast Asleep". This is a Shadows-styled ballad with an acoustic rhythm guitar, and lead guitar that starts off dry but gets heavily echo-ey again as the song progresses. Another astounding melody that could make a grown man get teary-eyed, with an incredible bridge that really elevates the song - into a sheer masterpiece. Love also the xylophone (I think?), probably played by Bill, which is interspersed throughout the song and which ends it and the album in a most gorgeous way.

If you want some more beauty in your life, this CD is the ticket. Remarkable amount of talent on display here. Really looking forward to the next chapter in this (doomed!) love story!