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The Dementia Cookie Box

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States | INDIE

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States | INDIE
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"The Dementia Cookie Box - The Truth About Life"

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The Dementia Cookie Box - The Truth About Life (As Told By The Dementia Cookie Box)

The Dementia Cookie Box has been around, in one incarnation or another, for 10 years or so. They’ve run through many different phases: rock, punk, acoustic, electronica, etc.
With the release of their new album, they have carved out a nice little niche for themselves by playing some good old fashioned mid-90s alterna-rock in the vein of The Smashing Pumpkins or Hum. With the music world currently hooked on “faux punk” (I believe the term is pop-punk) and the forced emotion of emo, it’s not a bad niche to have.
There are some good bits on here. The vocals are well done, and most of the songs have a pretty nice guitar hook, which makes it darn near impossible to get out of your head. “Rain” is a perfect example…no wonder it’s the song that kicks off the album. It feels a bit like summer with a sweet guitar lick and a verse that just begs you to sing along with it, but you don’t know whether you should feel happy or sad singing it.
“Two-Step” is, far and away, the best song on the album. Once you hear it you’ll be singing it for the next month, but not in that annoying Pussycat Dolls “Don’t Cha” kind of way. More in the I-really-want-to-hear-that-song-again kind of way. Even now as I sit here typing this, I’m wanting to hear it again (only I can’t, or it would interrupt my 100th viewing of Van Helsing).
All in all, it’s a good listen, with only one misstep or two along the way. The most glaring one would have to be “Stars”, a spoken-word poem set to music. It’s not that the song is bad…it’s actually pretty cool (I’m a big fan of the guitars in particular), but it seems a bit out of place within the context of the rest of the album.
The only other problem is the production, and only that is a problem in comparison with a major label release. As far as independent releases go, it’s not terrible production…just enough to where you’ll notice it. The drums aren’t all that snappy, and the guitars seem to get a little sludgy and fade into the mix from time to time. But, other than that, it seems fairly well done.
Is it an absolutely mind-blowing release? No…but it’s pretty stinkin’ good, especially if you’re looking for some good, self-produced, under-the-radar rock. I know that seems like a pretty small market, but I like to think that it isn’t. And, after listening to this album, I believe that market will begin to grow again.

Rating: 7.3

Essential Tracks: “Dream of a Million Colors”, “Sacred Bodies”, “Her Friend Paul”

Favorite Tracks: “Rain”, “Two-Step” - Dusty Evely


Discography

The newest discography includes:
2006 The Truth About Life LP
2007 No Rest for Heroes LP
2007 Toyz EP
2007 The DCB Collection (boxed set)
2008 To Urgency EP
2010 Begin to Live LP

There are songs streaming on several internet radio sites, as well as Bowling Green, KY local rock radio stations.

(for a full discography, please see www.dcbmusic.com)

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The Dementia Cookie Box is a rock band hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The band has been around in one form or another since 1996, when creator, Steven Baker, first starting writing music for the project in his hometown of Nicholasville, Kentucky.

With styles ranging from acoustic love ballads to punchy, alternative rock songs (reminiscent, even at times, of the heydays of grunge), The Dementia Cookie Box are turning heads all around Kentucky with their seemingly fresh sound.

The band released its first LP in 2006 as a free, online download. “The Truth About Life (as told by the Dementia Cookie Box)” was a look back at a decade’s worth of writing for the project by founding member, Steven Baker.

On March 20th, 2007, the full-scale, sophomoric effort was released. “No Rest for Heroes,” which was produced by Matt Talbott (former RCA recording artist and front man from the 90s alternative rock band, HUM), is perhaps a wake-up call to people who are drowning in a sea of recycled pop rock radio waves.

In March of 2010, three years after their second album, the band began selling advanced copies of their newest opus, "Begin to Live." While not as hard-edged as its predecessor, this new album makes up with style and artistry what it lacks in punch. Begin to Live is a very diverse concept album ranging from 90s alternative rock to a mutation of southern bluegrass and folk rock.

With a wide array of styles spanning the three albums (not to mention 10 years of unreleased material!), the Dementia Cookie Box can offer up a full-band rock show, as well as a more stripped-down set of acoustic songs… which makes them accessible to both the bar scene as well as an eclectic act to be enjoyed in a quiet night at the coffee shop!

If you are interested in booking the Dementia Cookie Box, please email: steven@dcbmusic.com.