Phideaux - "Doomsday Afternoon" (Bloodfish 2006, zyz-655)
From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)
This is the coolest record of all the ones that I received to review in the last month. I am hooked on their sound and songs! The singer has a great voice and writes excellent psychedelic rock songs. The band is considered a prog rock band in some circles but for me this is just damn good psych rock with influences from the Beatles, early David Bowie and Alice Cooper, and more. But with a modern sound. You hear just about every instrument you can imagine on this great record sitar, trumpet, dulcimer, organs, piano, synths, cello and autoharp! A fantastic band. Phideaux is an amazing songwriter and has a great voice and is very expressive with the cool lyrics. I would go through all the songs but some that really blew me away were You And Me Against a World of Pain, which I have heard 25 times in the last couple of weeks. Why can't this be the huge hit on the radio instead of the crap we get out there?? This is real music. The depth of the sound, the lush instrumentation and the emotion of great melodies. Amazing record. Buy it at once if you like the Beatles, Hieronymus Firebrain, or old David Bowie!
For more information you can visit the Phideaux web site at: http://www.myspace.com/phideaux.
Visit the Bloodfish web site at: http://www.bloodfish.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller