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Tuesday’s Debut-Raise Your Glass: We’re Armed and Jealous

January 1, 2007

tuesdaysdebutBand: Tuesday’s Debut

Album Name: Raise Your Glass: We’re Armed and Jealous

Best Element: Balance of creativity and mainstream appeal.

Genre: Alternative, Pop-Rock.

Website: http://www.tuesdaysdebut.com

Label: N/A

Band E-mail: brokenpan@yahoo.com

Besides having one of the best album titles of the year in Raise Your

Glass: We’re Armed and Jealous, Louisiana’s Tuesday’s Debut have a bit more to offer than your average pop/rock band on this EP.

After being rather startled by their Southern looking, boy-band-ish press photo, I was unsure what to expect when I slid the disc into my computer. The album’s opener “Bring Matches, Bring Fire” put my worries to rest, pouring out of the speakers with a near-perfect blend of creative merit and mainstream appeal, reminiscent of the great Minus the Bear. With an abundance of spacey guitar melodies, dynamic rhythmic interplay between the bass and drums and soothing voice to cap it all off, Tuesday’s Debut really hit the mark on this track and put their best foot forward to open the album.

As a reviewer and musician I have to admire a band which is able to walk the line and appeal to the masses without alienating critics with simple pre-packaged radio fluff. Now don’t get me wrong: the entire album is catchy. All six songs scream radio-ready, yet they each of the songs have their own artistic touch, which really gives you a look into the potential of the band. Take for example the last minute of “Art School Special,” the intro to “Simply Put Slightly” or the guitar work in “Wolf in

Sheep’s Clothing” as great examples of the band’s creative extremes. However, the album is not flawless. They do occasionally dabble in the realm of cliché pop rock, but never to the point of no return. Behind almost every twist there is still an abundance of well grounded alternative pop-fusion.

In terms of musicianship the entire band is more than capable for a young band. The guitar playing of William Ferguson and Chris Brennan is a great mix of fluid rhythms and melodic, spacey leads. The left-right recording process works brilliantly on the songs. The bass playing of James Yarbrough registers perfectly in the mix, his smooth bass lines combined with a nice sense of groove flowing perfectly with Austin

Aguirre’s drumming. Ferguson also handles the vocals, which are strong and shine through the mix. His voice is suited perfectly for this genre of music and has a strong sense of familiarity. I can’t think, however, that it is begging to be further explored similar to the experimental guitar work heard on this disk.

Overall I am confident that this album will satisfy the vast majority of its target audience. It is bright, colorful, catchy, yet still a rather original blend of amalgamated styles. There is a lot to absorb in just 24 short minutes. I’m curious to see what direction Tuesday’s Debut will now take. Let us hope they continue pushing the artistic envelope and expand further with the direction they were heading on this album… So raise your glasses to this Louisiana four-piece and give the album a listen.

-Josh Hogan

josh@orchidscurse.com

Stephen Carradini and friends write reviews of bands that are trying to make the next step in their careers.

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