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Tivol - Interstellar Overbike
Monday, January 15 2007 @ 01:00 AM PST
Contributed by: Sage

Interstellar Overbike

Artist: Tivol Finland

Title: Interstellar Overbike

Label: Last Visible Dog United States

Genre: Progressive Space Rock

01 Tivoloid Pt. I
02 Prätkäbarbaarit
03 Tivoloid Pt. II: Raivaajat

The first thought that entered my head within the first 5 seconds of popping in this album was "Chirst this is gritty as hell." That sentence about sums up the entire album. There are a million words that I could throw on the back of the word "Rock" that would suit these space bikers. These words include, but are not limited to, progressive, spacey, grimey, fuzzy, dirty, grungey, and just plain unsanitary. The album itself consists of three tracks, and is just under 40 minutes long. You do the math.

While one could easily fly through a review of this album and just write it off as another underground rock act, there is a whole nother aspect to this band. If the term "ambient rock" could be coined, it would definitely go to these guys. There are a lot of spacey effects and overtones to be found in their music. They do a wonderful job of painting a picture through their music of grungey bikers on LSD tripping to riding their bikes around the celestial spheres themselves. Extremely bass heavy, the listener can find themselves getting lost in the steady rhythms and melodies that are repeated continuously throughout the music. It is almost hypnotizing at times. Honestly, sometimes its a bit boring as well. I guess this is to be expected from space tokers though.

Another interesting note is that while the band is quoted as being from Finland, their vocalist sounds almost Japanese. I am not sure if that is just because the two languages sound similar spoken or if I am just completely crazy from listening to the same riffs over and over for the past 30 minutes. Keep in mind the vocals are few and far between as well. Tivol seems to enjoy being more of a rock-out-type jam band than the real thing, but everyone finds their niche in the wall. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to take away from the talent they possess. Every member of this band sounds incredibly talented at their particular instrument of choice, and there is a huge amount of potential here. However, its just that. Potential. They haven't crossed the line past that, and perhaps with their next effort they will be able to. This is just not my cup of tea. However, if you are a toker, go buy this album from Last Visible Dog Records, throw it in the CD player, kick back, toke up, and get ready for the space ride of your life on the back of NASA's new Harley Plutoson 9340.

     



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