Thursday, October 3, 2013

EGO SUMMIT LP

EGO SUMMIT - THE ROOM ISN'T BIG ENOUGH LP (540)
Finally Ego Summit's one and only LP originally released in 1997 has been reissued. Ego Summit were an allstar band from Columbus, Ohio consisting of Dan Howland (Gibson Bros, Bassholes), Jim Shephard (V-3, Vertical Slit), Ron House (Thomas Jeffersons Slave Apartments, Great Plains), Tommy Jay (Mike Rep And The Quotas, True Believers) and Mike Rep (Mike Rep And The Quotas). Most of such name-droppings are superfluous, but in this case it's useful, because Ego Summit really sound like a product of all the previous mentioned bands and this record is equally distinctive and influental. All five members are responsible for the songwriting. This opens the possibility for a wide range of different styles. The 13 songs on "The Room Isn't Big Enough" vary between garage ("black hole"), blues ("novacaine"), folk ("half off"), country ("Floyd Collins"), improvised jams ("rise cherry"), pop ("illogical") and psych ("small piece of Germany"). Most songs let a Velvet Underground influence shine through and they are all characterized by brilliant lyrics and a certain kind of weirdness. It really doesn't make sense to point out certain tracks, because this whole record is great and legendary. Don't miss it! (Listen to it here)