THE SCANTHARIES The Scantharies Mem­phis In­dus­tries

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY

An in­stru­men­tal con­cept al­bum in­spired by the Greek garage rock scene of the 1960s and 1970s? If noth­ing else, it’s orig­i­nal. The de­but al­bum by Andy Dragazis fol­lows the fic­tional story of The Scantharies, a band in­flu­enced by The Bea­tles’ “mys­ti­cal” pe­riod. This col­lec­tion is pitched as a Best Of, tak­ing in the fuzzy shuf­fle of their early ma­te­rial to their sup­pos­edly ex­per­i­men­tal con­clu­sion. While the former el­e­ment is ably cov­ered in the sharp, scratchy clat­ter of the open­ing brace, the lat­ter never really blos­soms. Berlin hints at psychedelia but doesn’t fully com­mit, while the per­va­sive wob­ble of Ham­mond or­gan on sev­eral tracks only casts a ho­moge­nous cam­ou­flage over the al­bum’s mid­dle sec­tion. There’s much to en­joy here, but the sense that it’s miss­ing a key in­gre­di­ent is in­dis­putable. thes­cant­haries.com Down­load: What the Gods Want, the Gods Get, The Start

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