The Perfect Rat – Endangered Languages
(Alone Records/The Stone Circle)

From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)

This is a very special line-up! Mario Lalli, Gary Arce and Bill Stinson are well know musicians from the desert rock scene and bands like fatso Jetson, Yawing Man and Ten East and involved with all the fame-boys like Josh Homme and Brant Bjork. Beside these guys you have Greg Ginn on bass (Yes, Black Flag and SST), Tony Atherton (Mojacks) on sax and Jack Brewer (Saccharine Trust) doing spoken words and poetry! Everything is the result of some jam sessions held back in 2005 and is now out on Alone Records. So what came out of this special blend of musicians? Well, a jazzy bass and rocking drum lays the ground for Mario and Gary’s guitars that simply floats all over spreading a patchwork of heavy psych. The saxophone adds to the jazzy feel and mixes fine with the guitar work and on top is Jack Brewers strange nervous and weird voice delivering lyrics by L.A. poets Steve Abee, Florence Raush Ehlers, Dennis Cruz, as well as one of his own. It’s a very beautiful record reminding of Dan McGuire’s Jamnation although the vocal is less harsh and the music is more relaxed and jazzy. Wow, there’s always something interesting going on in the desert!

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Reviewed by Tom Knudsen

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