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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #17]
Screaming Headless Torsos
By Pat Mavromatis

2005 ( Fuzelicious Morsels)

I have to admit that when I got this record in the mail I got both scared and angry!!! Here is somebody, a publicist, label, artist, whoever, that has no idea what music we cover here at ONE WAY and just sent us this horrible, scream-o, hard core, blow-your-brains-out band called Screaming Headless Torsos! Just being curious, and without looking at any of the press materials, I put this in my iPod. Wow! I was totally blown away, but not by what I thought I would hear, but by what I was hearing! The Torsos are an incredible amalgam of rock, jazz, sca, reggae, funk, r&b, avant-garde, spoken word, experimental; you name it! Jaco meets James Brown, in creeps Living Color and Coltrane type o’ thing. Lead singer Dean Bowman’s soulful voice and creative scatting and phrasing flow immaculately on the, at times, stream of consciousness, heavily political lyrics, complementing the incredible work of guitarist David Fiuczynski, and bassist Fima Ephron’s grooves, percussionist Daniel Sadownick’s luscious accents, and drummer Gene Lake’s solid beats—the glue that holds everything together. Freedom Bremner also lends his talent on guest vocals on three tracks. Listen to the incredible arrangement on “Smile At Me” and be sure you check out Bowman’s phrasing and the solo on “Faith In The Free” as well as the guitar-vocal duel between Dean and David on “Just for Now.” So there! For now I will go get a couple of soft-serves from my favorite neighborhood ice cream truck. I really enjoy those tunes these little trucks play. Aren’t they killer? They lure me in for some reason. Don’t know why! I think the guys of the Torsos enjoy them very much as well; right guys?


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