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Brew City Sludge - January 2008

by Lane Klozier
Milwaukee's Darkhorse Project

Klozier here. Well, it’s another new year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the best bands that rocked the city that beer made famous.

Some of the best acts are groups that have been around for quite a while. The Danglers saw a bit of a resurgence supplying Brew Town with a solid dose of music that resides on the edge. The Lackloves are now down to a three piece and still pounding out the Brit based pop. Milwaukee’s siren of song and cello melaniejane continues to soothe the musical soul while stealing the hearts of all the boys.. Those X-Cleavers played a couple of packed shows showing that good punk never really goes away. Brother Louie remains active with a new release that is drenched with pop sensibility. Fire on Your Sleeve is still whacking heads with bar room rock. The Cocksmiths have been responsible for several hundred gallons of sweat. E*I*E*I*O* ( a Chicago based band that has close ties to Milwaukee) has come out with a new disc, and (speaking of Chi-Town acts that are just as at home here) Oh My God is still turning heads even as they recover from the accident I covered earlier this year.

Some new faces: The Dark Horse Project featuring Liv from the Lovlies is breaking new ground. Revolush has given us a taste of what the future of powe pop will look like. The Barrettes have hit the scene with a cello and mouth organ mix that is amazing. Saintpaul (formerly Saint of Psychedelicasi) re-emerged with his project Greetings from the Imposter that takes techno to a new level. Reggae Fire has been burning down the house with the most original sound in the genre to hit Milwaukee in the last decade. El Gordo has put Milwaukee on the map with alternative hip-hop that has a west coast Latin flavor. The Pulltops are the latest in groovy lo-fi rock. Mutt Junction brings fuzz tone back into the light with a 70’s touch. Fuel Pump Terror has been smacking up faces with ska twinged garage rock.

I could go on and on. These are just a few of the many bands that are a part of Milwaukee’s scene that helped make 2007 a great year in music.

Remember: It’s a new year. Please change your underwear.

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