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CD REVIEW: Tvfordogs - ‘Roller’
By Francesco Emmanuel - 09/23/2006 - 12:37 AM EDT

Artist: Tvfordogs
Album: ‘Roller’
CD Review: So, this band’s name is tvfordogs, interesting! No really, that’s their name. You might think, ‘okay, it’s a comedic band, with a name like that’, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

This band has delivered a solid follow-up to their 2003 debut ‘Heavy Denver’. ‘Roller’ is its name and here is how it went. Instantly catchy songs, with great melody hooks and enough musical changes within songs to keep the listener intrigued (but not too much to lose anyone). There’s some pop elements in a song or two, but in no way does this album border along the lines of bubble-gum pop. It doesn’t sound like Brit-pop either. It has an alternative/grunge feel to it, but with elements of post and pre-nineties rock ‘n’ roll.

Hailing from Britain, this rock trio doesn’t sound like a three-piece at all, a five-piece maybe. It’s the way in which each song is crafted; the guitars aren’t flat but rather full, the tones are just great, a bit dirty and overdriven, but clean when needed, no crazy effects (I’m pretty sure singer-guitarist Neil Luckett plays a fender). The drums are well produced (along with the rest of this album) and the bass tone is nice and fat. No intricate solos on this album, some nice slide-playing here and there, and I really liked Neil’s choice of notes, he seems to be the kind of player who ‘thinks’, he certainly knows how to get the job done here.

Neil has a slick, husky voice reminiscent of Dave Grohl and Chris Martin, at times he reminds me of the Psychedelic Furs. I really liked his melody lines; they’re not ‘whiney’ like most modern day ‘rock’ groups we are forced to listen to on the radio. Bassist Mark Homer and drummer Paul Jarrett groove so tight together on the songs that I get the feeling that these songs were written and rehearsed for a while, this album doesn’t sound rushed at all.

In fact, there isn’t a weak song on ‘Roller’.

Pay particular attention to ‘Drive’, ‘The Universe is blue’, ‘Monolith’ and ‘Everlasting Sun’. But to be quite honest any song could be a hit on this record, all do the same job of infecting the ears of musicians and prospective fans alike.

Neil takes the credit of writing most of the songs on this album, as well as co-producing it in London.

Their music is available at Amazon, Borders, CD Baby, Tower Records and iTunes.

Now, I would really like to hear their previous release. I’m into tvfordogs.

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