The Captain's Table

The Captain's Table

by Ham1


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The Captain's Table

Plenty of rock bands with the indie label in the 21st century -- whether they want the label or not -- seek to do something different with the standard guitar-bass-drums lineup, hoping to stand out amidst a lot of other bands also wanting to stand out. Such is the nature of music, perhaps. In any event, Ham1, whose members play cello, trombones, and more -- along with "shouts," as the credit list reads -- aim to make their own sweetly ragged mark with The Captain's Table, and the end result is just that -- sweetly ragged rock & roll that's rushed, energetic, drawling, a little of this and a little of that. Chris Sugiuchi's trombone work features throughout the album as melodic counterpoint or addition to the core riffs, as can be heard on "Hare Lipped Bust," while Eric Harris' drums in particular sound like Dave Fridmann has come over to do some extra recording on the sly. It's not so much later Flaming Lips that Ham1 call to mind as much as earlier -- or at least early-'90s -- artists, a stew of sounds and approaches that includes Man or Astro-man?-style space garage twang ("Saluki") and gentle Velvet Underground-inspired chug ("I Had a Good Idea, But It Passed My Mind"). Lead singer Jim Willingham is a little generic in comparison to all this -- an amiable enough speak-sing approach that shows he certainly knows his Pavement albums, among many others. Meanwhile, credit has to go to the band for one of the more memorable song titles around -- "How Can You Watch T.V. with a Dead Person?"

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Orange Twin
UPC: 0656605662725
catalogNumber: 27

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ham1   Primary Artist
Andy Baker   Shaker
Eric Harris   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Shouts,Group Member
Pete Erchick   Keyboards
Adam Musick   Pedal Steel Guitar
Liz Durrett   Background Vocals
Kris Barratt   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jacob Morris   Bass,Cello,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Shouts,Group Member
Chris Sugiuchi   Bass,Trombone,Background Vocals,Group Member
Harvey Sugi   Background Vocals
Chris Sugi   Background Vocals
Chris Sugiuchi   Trombone,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim W.   Background Vocals
Jim Willingham   Vocals
Jeff Owens   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andy Baker   Engineer
Kris Barratt   Engineer,Graphic Design

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