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Alex Statan - Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

Alex Statan

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Yow! Here I thought I had to catch a lot of crap with a surname like "Tucker"; imagine having "Statan". Man, I feel better already! Alex Statan was a theater major at UC Berkeley and gained notoriety in a highly entertaining comedy-punk-rock act there. Unlike most punks, though, he knows how to strangle a good basic composition for all its worth. Each of the cuts on this 5-track EP is an exercise in Classic Pop Comps 101, nor has he lost his sense of humor while getting a bit more serious about life's dilemma's (which, as in "Interference", don't inhibit his clever wordplay). Every song here would easily bring a club audience to its feet, so obviously the days on stage in the theater and at the local tavern taught the gent a few things. Perhaps even more brow-raising is the fact that his backing is mostly provided by Gawain Mathews, a multi-instrumentalist who really knows his shit dead cold, whether it be on the keys, guitar, bass, or even whistling. Dave Tweedie's the drummer/rhythm unit and changes up nicely between the metronomic and colorative, but Mathews is indispensible to Statan's work, almost an extrusion of the composer's brain.

So, I'm tellin' ya, peoples, peoples, peoples...pop ain't dead, it's just going through its changes, and that's a really good thing, because a lot of the basics got lost in the 80s, almost died of neglect in the 90s, and gents like Statan are putting it back together again in the 00s. What Piper, the Babys, and Artful Dodger mostly missed is now coming up for re-election. Therefore, vote early, vote often, and light up for the inauguration. It's gonna be a new day on the charts.

Track List:

  • Don't Hold Back (The "Ass" Song)
  • High Note
  • Interference
  • Future Luver
  • A.D.H.D.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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