Interesting, dreamy – veering close to neo-psychedelia and very good indeed.  Pennsylvania’s Birdie Num Num And The Spirit Squad unleash 9 songs of melody, power, atmospherics and catharsis.  Led by Joe Ujj, this band knows how to take a song – and subsequently the listener – on an up-and-down ride that’s haunting and enticing.

From the opener, “The Creek” and immediately into “Lipstick Hate”, you’re immersed in a haze of swirling guitars and ethereal vocals along with some crisp and heavy drums – a quality production holds this album even higher.  “Infinite” has a stripped-down feel but some of the most intense skin-pounding and “Your Majesty” immediately recalls the opening to Sabbath’s “Iron Man” but yet doesn’t get too metal.  “Ride The Pony” has some interesting guitar figures weaving around the guitar drone and is by far the album’s most experimental track.  “Lucky Old Sun” is a warm and sweetly-tinctured tune and “Token Of Home” just blasts you right out of your seat.

There’s something I can’t quite put my finger on as to why I like this album – it could be the overall sound or the consistency – but at the end of the day, it’s irrelevant.  What matters is that I like this and hopefully once you listen, you can find a place in your heads for it as well.  Subject To Change is a damn fine effort.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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