Skull Kontrol - Deviate Beyond All Means Of Capture (1998)
In an effort to further everyones love of Chris Thomson (Fury, Circus Lupus, Monorchid) I think you should all hear Skull Kontrol. Chris Thomson has a specific whiny voice that for some reason really appeals to me, and Skull Kontrol is wholly different from all his past works. Here he seems to funnel Ted Leo through the DC filter (though I think he is now - or as of 1998 - based out of Chicago) (and I believe Ted Leo is from DC anyway, or around that area, but were not here for facts, were here for feelings)
Where am I going with this? I dont know...comparisons are a bitch to make, and as soon as I start having trouble it becomes apparent to me that whatever it is I am trying to describe is either hard to describe due to its unique nature (such is this album) or it requires some poetic license (of which I have none)...or maybe Im just out of clever ideas for descriptive terms...So it goes.
Skull Kontrol is more rock than any of Chris Thomsons previous bands, but somehow cuts itself a nice line between the brazen angularity of Circus Lupus and the fire in your pants ferocity of Fury. These songs hop and roll. jangly, jerky, and in a wonderful fashion, completely spastic. Nothing last too long so its a guarantee that if you like this, you will be hitting the repeat shortly thereafter. 8 songs in just over 23 minutes. All fiery rock and roll with those weird vocals. He is also helped out by a female vocalist, of whom I dont know her name. The overall effect is very fun. This album may actually make you want to dance a little, in that herky jerky fashion that no one thinks is cool. Just be careful that you do it in your bedroom and not in public, otherwise you may hurt someone, or just never get laid again.
Oh, By the way!!! Chris Thomson has been in a band since this. Called Red Eyed Legends...I am sure it is amazing...You know I dont ask for things, but I would really love to have the Red Eyed Legends...and the other Skull Kontrol album ZZZZZ...