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Building A Factory

September 21, 2003

Building a Factory makes music the right way….Music for music’s sake. They don’t even press CDs….they burn ‘em and sell ‘em at shows for cheap. I mean that takes class. I give that a couple of stars in itself. This is an anthology of all their recordings, which is six songs over 4 years.

The element that strikes you most after listening through this once is that almost all of their songs have the same feel. It’s moody, but it’s not slow or self-absorbing like some moody songs can be. They use a lot of reverb and other tricks to make it sound this way. For the first 3 or 4 songs it’s really cool, because they throw in a lot other stuff to mix it up, but by the end it gets a bit old. Not enough to turn off the song, just a bit of “Hey…that sounds familiar.”. They have many things going for them though, like fantastic vocal performances, well-done screams, and inventive intros. In their best moments, they create a complicated mix of grumbling bass over melodic, yet dissonant guitars. A sound this twisted and intertwined just makes you want to pump your fist in the air. It’s well shown on “The Lottery”. Other than that, they have driving chord structures that are pretty common. Their highlights are “Cancel the Culture”, which is nearly six minutes of cavernous, immense rock, and the artsy, yet highly listenable rock of “Of All The Places The Cue Ball Could Have Gone….”.

If you play these songs in chronological order, it’s obvious to see that Building a Factory has matured substantially. They have a great past, and the future is getting even better. Even though I commend their efforts at making music accessible by not pressing CDs, I look forward to a real album by them someday. Cause it will be really good.

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.

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