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"A strong, catchy and incredibly melodic powerhouse album of soulful and arresting pop-rock bossness"

LOOKATCHURSELF REGGIE MEASURESWORTH
A strong, catchy and incredibly melodic powerhouse album of soulful and arresting pop-rock bossness that's done with a tremendous wealth of fiery passion, fierce assurance and breathtaking consummate musicianship. The wonderfully rich and robust vocals exude a winning surplus of sheer go-for-it brio and emotion. The tuneful arrangements likewise smoke in no uncertain terms: the swaggering beefy basslines, fluid, yet gritty guitars and huge barnstorming drums all score a socko sonic bull's eye. The songs range from tough and thrilling to more mellow and reflective, but are consistently compelling and satisfying throughout. [JerseyBeat.com]
- Joe Wawrzyniak


"Crafty, they are, damn seaworthy, even - Sothen aims to move you"

LOOKATCHURSELF REGGIE MEASURESWORTH
A rock band out of Brooklyn, Sothen is all about frontman Jonathan Townes, who, not only produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but wrote all fifteen tracks, as well.

That’s not to say bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Andy Sanesi don’t offer tremendous talent to the project; they do. This is, after all, a power trio band. What makes this album shine, though, is the mixing and post-production skill that Townes brings to the table.

Several tracks on “Lookat..” often begin with scene-setting intro material: a ringing telephone that gets answered or marching boots. Sometimes, more straightforward rock tracks bookend a one-minute instrumental track consisting mainly of pattern-forming feedback. It’s a story and mood setting. Although these conventions can seem gimmicky, Sothen manages to swim expertly between sonic emboss and no-frills rock, putting the band’s sound above so many acts who simply can’t brave these kinds of waters. Crafty, they are; damn seaworthy, even. Sothen aims to move you.

This album even dares to sail into balladry. Again, very impressive: a kind of balladry you can feel proud to hear, bold in its complexity without maudlin oversimplifications or goofy lyrics.

“End of the Summer”, for example, covers familiar territory for American songwriting. Ever since the Beach Boys first served up “Little Surfer Girl” on a hot dog bun, we’ve heard the obligatory lovesick anthem to August: usually, some kind of stale sugar snack. Not in this case, however:

Gone are the last days
Cool as the heat fades
End of the summer coming fast.
Sing a new song
No more days long
End of the summer comes so fast.

Who can’t relate to this? Everyone. But, lucky for your self-respect, it’s wistfulness with power. The verse languishes like Morphine, the solo sounds almost like something out of a Neil Young and Crazy Horse album: a swirl of dark bass, booming drums, and high-octave guitar solo.

“theRed” is a tune between Pearl Jam and Kravitz, a driving rocker with a falsetto flourish and a grungy undertone. “Surprise” jumps and pops, incorporating some bar-pickup banter in the break. “I Can See” is a dark pounder with occasional thematic openings up in the clouds, when the music seems to shoot down in rays of light. Then, with nothing but the sound of acoustic strumming, “Happy” floats down in minor melodies, a leaf landing softly on the waters surface after the storm:

I’m just waiting for the happy
Waiting for the other side
If I thought it’d turn out right I’d stay here with you

I guess the more I listen to Lookatchurself Reggie Measuresworth, the more I hear a Weezer or Foo Fighters influence, mixed with a little techish-emo, perhaps, minus any neurotic pretensions. I think the sound Jonathan Townes cultivates definitely has its roots in those soils. I think the album works and is worth several listens, even if you’re not currently on that post-grunge branch of the alt-rock tree. (I wasn’t, and I still liked it very much.)

For some reason, all of the members in the band assume aliases for this album (as they are listed on the back cover as “The Cast: Reggie Measuresworth, Loomuico Valdado, and Chulito del Fuego”). Perhaps that fact and the unwieldy album name hint at a story I’ve not yet put together. The work stands alone; if it does represent some greater narrative, then all the better for the band’s efforts. [CDreviews.com] - Kevin Fann


"Wonderfully Conceived"

..a pleasant surprise.. wonderfully conceived.. excellent songs.. breathes new life back into the somewhat moribund alternate rock genre. [89.7 WITR - Henrietta, NY] - Jeff Saunders


Discography

Lookatchurself Reggie Measuresworth

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Bio

SOTHEN - THE BAND
Sothen is an alternative rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band was formed in 2003 by leed guitarist and songwriter Reggie Measuresworth out of an absolute need to express fire and color and charms and.... melodies.

Sothen is gearing up for winter shows and radio broadcasts in 2007 to promote their debut CD: Lookatchurself Reggie Measuresworth.

REGGIE MEASURESWORTH - LEED VOX, GUITARS
Reggie Measuresworth was three when he saw a man on TV playing violin.... a white violin. He knew right then and there he wanted to play music on the violin. When Reggie was ten he decided it was time to play guitar. So he picked up one of those nylon stringed jobs and scratched the hell out of it with a nifty home-made pick crafted from a surgical tape dispenser. But lo and behold, that thing was only good enough to last a few measly months. So his cousin gave him a sparkly blue six stringed electric that didn't work so good. And so began the obsession. First there were the tape to tape experiments. Then to the 4 track tape explorations and onward to a small music college in the Northeast. Jazz music was discovered and the rock music was shoved into the back seat.. waaay back. It wasn't until Reggie had been in New York City for a few years that he slowly returned to the rock music he oh so loved in his youth.

LOOMUICO VALDADO - ELECTRICAL BASE INSTRUMENT, BG VOX
Loomuico Valdado was born in Eugene, Oregon. He studied violin and voice from age 5, switched to trumpet, guitar, electric bass and finally acoustic bass at 15. He studied at Berklee College of Music from '85-'90. Moved to New York City in '95, then to Barcelona, Spain in '97 and back to NYC in 2003. He has recorded and/or performed with Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pat Metheny, Sonny Fortune, Richie Cole, Arturo O'Farill, Mike Mossmen, Horacio "El Negro" Henandez, Jorge Rossi, Jeff Ballard, Jerry Gonzalez, Sheila Jordan, Mark Turner, Edward Simon, Andy Sanesi, and many, many others.

CHULITO DEL FUEGO - POUNDING MATERIALS, BG VOX
Chulito del Fuego was infected with rhythm from the age of three. After destroying his mother's pots and pans he would frequent his neigbors basement which held the holy grail of his youth- a red sparkle drum set. While his little buddies struggled with the instrument Chulito could just do it, and he's been doing it ever since.