Es­tab­lish the anti-folk

Thumbs up on the buzzing, and a must-have for the acous­tic on-the-road col­lec­tion

Tempo - - PERFORMANCE - WHAT’S SPIN­NING By Jesse Moya tin­k­in­pete.band­camp.com/ re­leases.

Ri­ots and ka­zoos this week: two bands with fla­vor, soul and a story to tell TEN STRINGS FOR REVO­LU­TION The String-Bo String Duo

From the back of the cabaret, the String-Bo String Duo shows how the use of 10 sim­ple strings can spark a revo­lu­tion and stand in the face of op­pres­sion.

“Ten Strings For Revo­lu­tion” starts off with a mel­low gui­tar and pi­ano that quickly es­tab­lishes the band’s po­si­tion against the es­tab­lish­ment and en­cour­ages any­one to join in their cause. The easy pro­gres­sion, cou­pled with the lyrics, is an ex­cel­lent start to the al­bum that brings the lis­tener in with in­ter­est­ing melodies and pas­sion­ate vo­cals.

Mov­ing next to “So F**king What,” the band chal­lenges the ide­olo­gies of many in the “protest” scene around the U.S. The song brings to light that peo­ple would rather fo­cus on fash­ion and hairstyles than to change the world we live in.

The song’s al­most reg­gae tempo helps to es­tab­lish the “rules” set in place for protests and marches while the fast­paced cho­rus begs to ask

“so what”? The lyric, “Your re­spect for au­thor­ity is coun­ter­rev­o­lu­tion­ary,” clearly shows this band isn’t con­cerned with the triv­ial and would rather see change than left­ist in-fight­ing.

This al­bum is a col­lec­tion of songs crafted from ac­tual rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, con­trary to the ones who sit at lo­cal cof­fee shops con­tem­plat­ing an­ar­chism and lib­er­a­tion. The St­ing-Bo String Duo brings some of th­ese songs with such furry that it’s al­most folly to chal­lenge them.

“The Dystopian Dysen­tery Des­tiny of An­prim’s” is a cry to sep­a­rate from so­ci­ety and a look into how we can live with­out the toi­letries and ameni­ties of the mod­ern world. It’s an in­ter­est­ing look at liv­ing off the land and away from mod­ern world.

The song iron­i­cally ends with the no­tion that those in­volved would even­tu­ally die of dysen­tery; how­ever, it is yet to be de­ter­mined if dy­ing of such a dis­ease is worse than liv­ing in mod­ern so­ci­ety.

Over­all, this music is not for those who would pre­fer the top 40. This music is for any­one look­ing for a dif­fer­ent take on ac­tion and wants to dive a bit deeper into the ideals of a revo­lu­tion.

The red and black flag does not fly with­out a rea­son, and this case is no dif­fer­ent. Those look­ing at col­lec­tive ac­tion and an­ar­cho-syn­di­cal­ism should look no fur­ther than this in­cred­i­ble dis­play of mu­si­cal tal­ent, lyri­cal knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing for their next mu­si­cal en­deavor. A must-have for the acous­tic col­lec­tion on the road.

Check out The String-Bo String Duo at ts­bsd.band­camp. com/al­bum/ten-strings-for­rev­o­lu­tion-re-mas­tered.

TINKIN’ PETE Tinkin’ Pete

Ka­zoos and ukes, what more can one want from Cana­dian folk punk duo Tinkin’ Pete on their de­but, self-ti­tled EP?

Be­gin­ning with a fun, folky sin­ga­long, Tinkin’ Pete de­liv­ers “Beer Song”, a well-writ­ten look at the fun be­hind hav­ing a few drinks and rem­i­nisc­ing with friends. The song doesn’t paint a neg­a­tive light on the sub­ject, but rather is a ni­hilis­tic an­them about hav­ing fun, miss­ing friends and rock­ing out with a killer ka­zoo solo.

Quickly mov­ing on to “My Friends,” Tinkin’ Pete gives a nod to their many friends and the lives they live. De­spite the trou­ble in the world, Tinkin’ Pete sits back and looks at the ben­e­fits of hav­ing friends with this mel­low ad­di­tion to the record.

The band finds beauty in their friends and the crazy an­tics ev­ery­one goes through and uses their vo­cal tal­ents to dis­play their emo­tion in the cho­rus.

The al­bum takes a more somber and se­ri­ous turn with “Cor­ner of the World,” which dis­plays a haunt­ing fin­ger­pick­ing gui­tar melody with in­ter­est­ing vo­cals tak­ing the fore­front of the song. The song is an in­ter­est­ing take on one’s abil­ity to fit in their own cor­ner of the world.

Some­times, artists can feel os­tra­cized from those around them, even in the same scene. The song gives com­fort to those who feel they are stuck be­tween a rock and a hard place.

Clos­ing the al­bum with the “Cig­a­rette Song” ties up this well-de­vel­oped al­bum of in­ner re­flec­tion and shows the tal­ent of both artists. Us­ing cig­a­rettes as a hur­dle to ac­com­plish other tasks is an in­ter­est­ing metaphor and a well-used aes­thetic for this al­bum.

Smok­ing is a dif­fi­cult habit to quit, and re­lat­ing that to other chal­lenges in life can help oth­ers un­der­stand how much of strug­gle one might be go­ing through. The vo­cals in this song in­di­cate some sort of strug­gle that is tem­po­rar­ily re­solved at the end of the song with a hu­mor­ous record­ing by the band.

Over­all, Tinkin’ Pete is a great, fun lit­tle al­bum to pick up and learn a few things about this band. Not ev­ery band can pull off such ka­zoo us­age, but thumbs up on the buzzing here!

Check out Tinkin’ Pete at

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