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"Cast of Characters EP Review 2004"

Album: Cast Of Characters: s/t EP
Street Date: 2004
Length: 22:27
From: Bellingham, WA
Reviewed by: Kevin
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One of the best party bands ever. When you see CoC, you know you're gonna have fun, and probably get really drunk at the same time. With the combination of Bucketz(frontman) & Seabass(guitarist), a chemistry of pure energy is created. Right now the band only has this one EP available.

1. Chloe's Dopin' - There's a 55 second buildup on this song that just drives this song into a high energy pulse. It's like a Hawaiian surf song on speed. The chorus screams for a sing-a-long. The guitar riffs throughout the song are very memorable, you can identify it instantly when you hear it.

2. All Go Down - "Let's get this fucker rolling!" They keep the energy high and the rock keeps flowing. There is a lot of use of the tom drums in the bridge, it feels a little too forced however. By the time the song comes to an end you feel as though it was an incomplete composition. It's still a good track, I just think there is a lot of room to expand it musically and lyrically both.

3. Cartoon - The tone drops down for the opening of this track but by the time the chorus rolls around you're left in awe of the speed of Bucketz' vocal delivery. He flows straight through the lyrical lines with ease. The last verse has a second vocal track echoing the lyrics, it doesnt quite feel right and that is where the delivery fails. That second track could have been re-recorded cleaner or brought down in the mix it would have sounded smoother.

4. Come On Go On - The tone drops down so far it begins with a low guitar. At the core it's a blues track with rock wrapped around it. The track isn't a home run by any stretch of the imagination, but it shows that the band is trying different things and by the time we get to the bridge they ease back into the more familiar sound from their other tunes.

HT. Dre Day - Also on Track 4 after a moment of silence is a CoC rock version of the classic rap song from Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg. The guitar is beautiful! But you can tell the band is just having a blast on this track. Bucketz does the parts from Dre & Seabass covers the Snoop lines. I think even the Death Row boys would be impressed with this cover.

At times the production was lacking but only if you are really trying to put it under a microscope. It's a fun EP, the talent is undeniable when you listen to the vocal flow and some of the skillful guitar work and memorable riffs.

I'm eagerly waiting to see what these guys come up with next.


Circus Under No Tent - January 2006
Track List

1. 2 - 4 Measure
2. Chloe's Dopen
3. Come on Go on
4. Caught a Case
5. Feast Your Eyes
6. All Go Down
7. Tough Luck
8. See Me Again
9. Short Fuse
10. Cartoons
11. Mai Tai
12. Tweak Out
13. G.R.E.

Binary Recording Studio EP - January 2004
1. All Go Down
2. Chloe's Dopen
3. Cartoons
4. Come on Go on -> Dre Day

Feel the Ceiling - January 2003

1. Sweet thing
2. All go Down
3. In another Life
4. Top of the Peak
5. See Me Again
6. Tweak Out


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What do you get when you bring together a reeking, long-haired transient, a self-confessed pathetic geek, a narcissistic ex-hockey player, and a shambling, shiftless alcoholic? No, its not a new sitcom on UPN. What you get is the most ridiculously pimped-out, rockin', explosive, mind-numbing, sexually charged spectacle in the history of music. The Cast of Characters - a corrosive blend of circus-like showmanship and blaring, tuneless rawk and riz-oll coming to defile your daughters and drug your sons, a band forged in the fires of Mordor possessing a power so terrible that it could destroy the whole of Middle Earth, a group that will stop at nothing to ensure that the average concertgoer's blank stare of indifference melts into a warm smile. Or, as is more often the case, a scowl of disgust.

Cast of Characters came into existence in 1980, when JC Penney - widely acknowledged to be a living God - dribbled out of a uterus and started riffing on the electric bass. A psychic bond was quickly developed between Penney and the other, more disposable members of the band (Cypress, Bucketz, and the guy with the freakin' helmet) and through sheer fate they met and started the band twenty-two years later in Bellingham, WA, a city whose entire population consists of college students and serial killers. The musical entity called Cast of Characters has since played more than a hundred shows, released a wretched album and some decent demos, forced two nightclubs into foreclosure, and broke an innumerable number of hearts.

So if you want the best that the genre of serious rock mixed with covers of rap songs and jokey, self-referential reggae and endless stage banter and occasional silly outfits has to offer, come see the COC play or download some of our tunes. You'll be glad you did. Or, if you thought we were shit, feel free to insult us on our guestbook. You'll be glad you did.