Monday, September 13, 2004
Homestead Records, 1986
Not the movie, not the book, not even the Christian music website... Phantom Tollbooth was a post- Burma band mixed with Chicago style punk crossed with noize-skronk (pre-Shimmy Disk) and maybe even a little bit of Bowery scuzz (thinking early White Zombie when I listen to the opening song, "Jack of All Phobias" ). Vocals and lyrics seem incidental but add some needed trebly color (and it's easier to get gigs if you have vocals).
Last year, their '88 album, Power Toy received a makover from Guided By Voices Robert Pollard. With the permission of the band, Pollard re-recorded the vocals making a quite different album. You can download two of the tracks here and there's a cool video to the best song of the album there as well. Leader-singer-guitarist Dave Rick went on to Yo La Tengo, King Missile and Bongwater.
"White Out" could have been written by Mission of Burma and put on their album earlier this year.
"More Paranoia" raises a great racket with an oscilloscope in the mix. Great for putting on the headphones and scaring out the earworms.
Notes: Image ripped from Musicmatch - I can't tell if their tracks are available there or this is just a come-on to download their software.
Trouser Press Entry
Review of the "last" DC Guided by Voices show