Independent Clauses | n. —unusual words about underappreciated music

Boss Tweeter2

September 24, 2003

Boss Tweeter is a rock band with a catch. They only have an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar in the band. They occasionally have one guitar player switch to a bass, and since this recording they’ve added a drummer. Even so, this leaves the sound slightly unfilled, mostly because they want to rock out, and you need a full band to do that well. Some bands with no bass can hide it well (See Fairmont) but they don’t try to rock out. Boss Tweeter does.

Boss Tweeter is steeped in history. They have elements of classic rock, surf rock, modern rock, and even funk thrown into their sound. The references make it sound eclectic, but it’s a highly accessible sound. The surf rock feel permeates the instrumental intro, and although it was a good riff, clocking it in at over two minutes kills it. They have a tendency to run long on some songs, but cut some songs short. They make up for this less-than-amazing songwriting with amazing lyrical quality. The lyrics throughout are poetic and cryptic, yet they can be related to easily (at least by me). Example: “Silence falls on deaf ears, and screaming comes to those who’ve heard it much.” They are the best thing about this demo, because all 6 tracks that feature vocals (2 songs are instrumental) have these powerful lyrics. That’s consistency. The vocals to back these up are of medium volume and range, but have a slightly nasal intonation which leads to them being slightly weak at times. It’s apparent that the singer knows his flaws, and does his best to hide them. That’s all well and good, but some parts just needed to forge through the problems and give us the raw, unbridled form we see in other places. Just when you thought you had the BT formula down, “Intermission” introduces a bass and challenges the idea that funk died in the seventies. They pull it off pretty well, as they don’t sing to it. That leads to track 6, and by this track, it’s apparent that this two-guitar format works best when one guitar is featured and the other accompanies, instead of both sharing joint duties. The two standout tracks (“Pedigree” and “Catch The Ghosts”) both use this method of feature and accompany.

Boss Tweeter has some problems. They have moments of weak sound, weak vocals, and weak songwriting. Thankfully, the first two are recording problems and the third can be fixed. If we get past that, Boss Tweeter is putting some spunk back into classic rock, and some of the fun. But the real thing is…If lyrics were knives, Boss Tweeter would have the meat cleaver in a world of butter knives. They’re that good.

Buy: N/a

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

Recent Posts


Independent Clauses Monthly E-mail

Get updates and information about IC, plus opportunities for bands.
Band name? PR company? Business?
* = required field