Phaseshifter

Phaseshifter

by Redd Kross
     
 
On Phaseshifter, Redd Kross has stripped away many of the '60s and '70s pop-culture trappings that figured prominently on earlier recordings (covers of Brady Bunch and Charles Manson songs, for instance). As a result, the band (basically brothers Jeffrey and Steven McDonald

Overview

On Phaseshifter, Redd Kross has stripped away many of the '60s and '70s pop-culture trappings that figured prominently on earlier recordings (covers of Brady Bunch and Charles Manson songs, for instance). As a result, the band (basically brothers Jeffrey and Steven McDonald) have brought their strong melodic sense, psychedelic punk/metal mix, and fine harmonies to the fore on standout tracks like "Lady in the Front Row" and "Monolith." The brothers' '70s-TV obsession certainly hasn't disappeared, though, as evidenced by songs like "After School Special" and the Partridge Family-inspired cut "Dumb Angel" (Susan Dey being replaced here by keyboardist Gere Fennelly); but they seem more bent on cutting straightforward and driving, power pop
ock anthems than going in for their '80s-style, HR Pufnstuf form of garage psychedelia, and even the paisley is conspicuously missing, replaced by t-shirts and jeans. Is the shift due in part to the pervasive influence of grunge and Nirvana? Maybe. But one should remember that, as early as 1980, Redd Kross was incorporating the same Black Flag, hardcore stylings that Cobain and company were admittedly inspired by. It doesn't really matter, though, since this album stands on it own just fine, especially considering the inclusion of one of the band's best rockers ("Crazy World") and most rewarding pop tunes ("Pay for Love"). For some great Redd Kross music, get both Phaseshifter and the band's 1997 release, Show World

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1993
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451816727
catalogNumber:
518167

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Redd Kross   Primary Artist
Gere Fennelly   Organ,Piano,Mellotron
Eddie Kurdziel   Guitar
Jeff McDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Steven McDonald   Bass,Vocals
Brian Reitzell   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Redd Kross   Arranger,Producer
John Agnello   Engineer
Bill Bartell   Composer
Charlotte Caffey   Composer
Thomas Caffey   Composer
D. Chirazi   Composer
Gere Fennelly   Composer
Mark Guilbeault   Engineer
Eddie Kurdziel   Composer
R. Manning   Composer
Jeff McDonald   Composer
Steven McDonald   Composer
Wade Norton   Engineer
Barrie Goshko   Art Direction

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