Saturday
May252002

POMN reviews DPS live!

POMN

Spectre VII/Dead Poets Society - 13th Floor, 5/25/02

Opening the show was Dead Poets Society, who I found to be an equally enjoyable display of riffage. Just to hear their version of Gary Numans’s song Cars was worth the trip downtown. Also highly recommended!

Friday
Apr262002

Gods of Music reviews "Synners"

Gods of Music

Dead Poets Society

“Synners” from the album DEPROGRAMMING

by Clint Gaige

This is a haunting song. William Gibson would be proud, this song would fit nicely in any of this tech-novels. I can easily imagine this song fitting into the background of his work, maybe a favorite of a Neuromancer. You can’t pigeon hole this song and declare it a genre, it just isn’t that simple.

The song opens with a haunting vocal that immediately pulled me in. Then the music starts demanding my continued attention, or shall I say, “change for the machine.” The music flows and creates a world in which anything is possible, a world where what you see is just an illusion.

This cut is an outstanding piece of creating. I can’t imagine anything removed from the whole, I can’t imagine moving anything. Even the faults I could hear felt “in place.”

This is a strong song, I am curious to see whether the album is as strong as the single. This is an album I am going to try to get my hands on soon. It’s an aural journey right into the worlds of William Gibson (Neuromancer), William Burroughs (Nova Express), Pat Cadigan (Synners), and Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).

I have to recommend this on pure aesthetic!


Charisma:
9.50
Technical Skill:
9.00
Structure:
9.00
Interest:
9.50
Lyrics:
10.00
Performance:
9.00
Arrangement:
9.00
Recording Quality:
9.00
Long Term Appeal:
9.50
OVERALL:
9.20
Saturday
Apr202002

Club Rio

Thank you everyone that showed up last night. For those that stuck around, you heard some of the best sound we've had to date. Thanks to Marc Davis who did a great job.

Tuesday
Apr022002

Gothic Beauty reviews The Electric Haze

Gothic Beauty, Issue #5 - April 2002

Dead Poets Society
The Electric Haze
4 1/2 of 5 stars


by Poseidon

Of all the musical genres I know, the one I find the truly hardest to explain is “electronic”. Here we have one great big huge field of musical beauty (and terror) where anything that has even the slightest hint of using a keyboard other than a Bosendorfer piano is instantly reduced to “anybody can do it.” Sure. Right. Whatever.

These people have never heard Dead Poets Society. Neither had I until about an hour ago. Read on. The biography from this band was very “factual”. The Electric Haze is their debut album. Wa is the programmer, percussionist, songwriter, and “driving force behind the music”. Gibson also works the boards, providing more of the ethereal facets behind the music.” Raven Nightshado performs keyboards, vocals, and the more “melancholic” facets behind the music. Etc. etc.etc. Very factual.
What the biography does not explain, in my humble opinion, is how three simple “people” created such an amazing album!

Define the music? That’s easy. Unfortunately they don’t have a genre for “brilliant, unique, that’s some damn fine coffee.” You can dance, sleep, dream, regret, drive, f***, sit around, or do anything to this music (with the exception of headbanging, unless you’re just plain weird).

Electronic, perhaps, but with the creativity of The Orb and Dead Can Dance intermixed with it. This album is a beautiful, gentle ride through the kindest parts of chaos. A silent world called delirium. You never know where the music may take you next. From a smooth, rhythmic ride in “The Portal”, or visiting the places where no one is innocent in “Damn Fine Coffee”. I found this album dizzying, elating, chaotic, and hypnotic. Some of the BEST “electronic” music I’ve heard in a long time. These three musicians are planning a tour in support of this new album. I would urge you to check them out.

Thursday
Mar142002

The Big Blue Divide

We’ve met the enemy and they live down the street. Our “friendly” neighbor constantly invites the boys in blue to visit our rehearsals, who shut them down. Protest for your right to rehearse in your own home during daylight hours!