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Zoo Hypothesis
     

Zoo Hypothesis

by Tub Ring
 
There are few things sadder than a band that tries to be really weird and freaky but in fact isn't. (Yes, we're looking straight at you, Mr. Bungle, you lame Zappa fetishists.) Luckily, this is not a problem Chicago's Tub Ring ever runs up against; it's not that their fifth album doesn't have

Overview

There are few things sadder than a band that tries to be really weird and freaky but in fact isn't. (Yes, we're looking straight at you, Mr. Bungle, you lame Zappa fetishists.) Luckily, this is not a problem Chicago's Tub Ring ever runs up against; it's not that their fifth album doesn't have passages of extreme oddity, it's that they don't seem to be trying too hard for them, and they're balanced with a surprising knack for oddly poppy settings that bring out the true oddity of the breakdown sections. In other words, a song like the utterly freaky opener "Tiny, Little" works because it sounds like a collaboration between Tom Waits and They Might Be Giants on a song from the soundtrack to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and "Wealth of Information" succeeds because of the dynamic tension between the passages of dub-influenced trippiness and the herky-jerky, almost rapped sections. The minute-long blast "The Viking Song" (parts of which bear an unfortunate resemblance to Oingo Boingo, poster children for that whole not-as-weird-as-they-think thing) is in brilliant contrast to the deceptively melodic, downright catchy "Raindrops," a song that would fit perfectly on an Olivia Tremor Control album. There are dull and/or annoying parts to Zoo Hypothesis, but the whole thing is so hyperactively edited that it's a thrill ride regardless.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Underground Inc
UPC:
0637642109626
catalogNumber:
421096

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Performance Credits

Tub Ring   Primary Artist
David Byron   Guitar
Katie Brooks   Background Vocals
Swan   Guitar,Background Vocals
James Cole & His Washboard Band   Drums
Kevin Gibson   Vocals,Group Member
Rob Kleiner   Keyboards,Group Member
Jason Fields   Bass,Group Member
Shawn Sprinkel   Guitar,Group Member
Theresa Brooks   Bassoon,Background Vocals
Dan Jeremy Brooks   Background Vocals,Sampling
Dave Tavares   Drums,Group Member
Dave Winer   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Brothers Brooks   Producer,Engineer
Tub Ring   Composer
Theresa Brooks   Producer,Engineer
Dan Jeremy Brooks   Programming

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