Rapider Than Horsepower | This Is My Big Night (Secretly Canadian)

This Is My Big Night is hardly a boring CD and will certainly keep a listener entertained.

 

It’s hard to know where to start when writing about a CD such as this one. Rapider Than Horsepower is not your typical rock band, and the CD is full of quirks and surprises. More often than not, a recording will come through the mail, and the minute it’s placed in the CD player, the mood in the room becomes that of sheer boredom. This Is My Big Night is hardly a boring CD and will certainly keep a listener entertained.

This indie rock band from Indiana has mixed two clean guitar sounds with drums and a wacky vocal performance to come up with their own sound. The band’s two guitar players spend most of their time playing clean-sounding guitar riffs and create a dueling guitar effect. The fact that the band has no bass player makes it all the more unusual, and low notes are not in the mix.

The CD opens with “I Can’t Survive Without My Beatbox,” which is a great example of Horsepower’s unique sound. Singer Mike Anderson, who jokingly credits himself as just a “background vocalist,” sings in a strange, almost spoken-word tone that is a bit like Lou Reed gone insane. Other tracks like “Dude Poverty” showcase his voice; the lyrics are equally as unusual, but they just make the songs all the more interesting.
It’s a shame more people have not heard the unique sound yet. I caught the band’s show at the Creepy Crawl last month, where, unfortunately, they performed to an empty area in front of the stage and a few people who seemed to have been glued to the bar. Hopefully, the band will return to St. Louis for a better crowd after people hear this great CD.

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