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Call Me Lightning - When I Am Gone My Blood...lp (Dusty Medical)

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"Says The Onion... "Call Me Lightning takes its name from an early Who song, but the Milwaukee post-punk power trio waited until its third album, When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free, to make a full-on Who tribute. Shane Hochstetler attacks the drums with the fill-happy, thunderous power of Keith Moon, Kris Maedke-Russell stands in the stoic John Entwistle role with basslines that slither amid the sonic wreckage like metallic snakes, and Nathan Lilley pounds out bloody-palmed Pete Townshend power chords while affecting a Roger Daltrey-esque scream echoing across the teenage wasteland. It might come off like bald imitation if CML didnít infuse all the Live At Leeds chest-thumping with as much bug-eyed intensity and genuinely breathtaking majesty as it does on When I Am Gone. Call Me Lightning doesnít scale down stadium-rock; it squeezes all that bigness and velocity into tiny basements until the roof disappears in a swirling mushroom cloud. Itís incredible that anythingómuch less the record-label problems that delayed the albumís release for nearly a yearócould keep When I Am Gone from running into the streets and murdering innocents with its bare hands before now. As with 2007ís great Soft Skeletons, When I Am Gone storms out of the gate with a trio of overwhelming ass-kickers, setting the tone for the pulse-pounding proceedings ahead with the galloping shredder 'Called To The Throne' before settling into the brontosaurus stomp of 'Beyond The Beasts' and the shout-along anthem 'Bronze Hell.' CML is only slightly more subdued on the stirring title track and the epic, proggy 'The Fog,' which features one of the few guitar solos in the bandís history. And then itís back to killing and pillaging on the aging-scenester ode 'Old Cactus' and the recordís dramatic culmination, 'We Never Left,' in which Lilley sings, 'I donít care how this ends' like heís about to drive over a cliff. Itís a fittingly exhilarating, go-for-broke conclusion to a thoroughly reckless ride." (Steven Hyden, AV Club)"


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 29 September, 2010.

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