Reptet ~ Chicken or Beef?
Date: Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 12:34:43 UTC
CD: Chicken or Beef?
Home: Seattle, Washington
Quote: "If the record is any indication, their live show raises the roof wherever they go ... luckily listeners can raise their living room roofs with this disc."
By Jana Pochop
Reptet is a force to be reckoned with on disc, simply because it sounds like they are physically crawling off the CD into your living room to rock out when you pop their album, Chicken or Beef? into the player. This Seattle sextet is a dynamic group of drums, bass, and four horns. They would probably be filed under Jazz on your iTunes playlist, but Chicken or Beef? covers expanses of reggae, punk, ska, and plain old rock 'n roll, and all deliciously.
The record starts off with "Danger Notes," a funky track that brings to mind a really good black and white movie with a harrowing chase scene. Reptet is good at painting pictures through their instrumentals and keeping them varied so the listenerís attention never wanders. Tracks like "Eve of Thrieve" and "Fish Market" keep the pace going. "Fish Market" features some fun vocals with the refrain, "Why donít you get yourself a fillet tonight?" Itís avant-garde and different; some might call it challenging listening because itís not the typical pop song, but Reptet massages the complicated lines and arrangements with a sense of fun and nonchalance.
Chicken or Beef? captures an energetic, smart band at its best. If the record is any indication, their live show raises the roof wherever they go ... luckily listeners can raise their living room roofs with this disc.
Artist Website: http://www.reptet.com