EX-2410 Scambot 1
Produced by Mike Keneally
Released on November 24, 2009
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M AYA: My, a new concept album from Mike Keneally!?!?
RAHM (licking Maya’s lips just at the thought): Mmmm slurphh heeeeem.
The question on everyone’s mind is: What has Mike Keneally been up to lately? The answer is: He’s up to Act 1. Scambot 1 is a full-(mind)blown concept album about thought control, giant cats, people with bowling ball heads and a hero named Serial Consciousness Agent (Military Division): Bringer of Truth (a/k/a Scambot I have no idea where the D went although is anyone surprised that a Mike Keneally album is No D?). The concept, rendered in twenty and one half delicious squares on the liner notes, sixty-six minutes of music should you pull your head out of his notes long enough to notice, may be semi-autobiographical, probably stems from a festering disenchantment with the music industry and is almost certainly the product of a warped but cherishable genius. Not that any of Mike Keneally’s discs are something you just load into the CD tray and listen to in the background, but Scambot 1 is especially not such a something. It requires your attention, in part because (frankly) it stops demanding it somewhere around “Cat Bran Sammich Part One.” The waves of sour notiness, brain-pokingly smart at first, eventually dragged me into the undertow of apathy until the likeable “Cold Hands” and a powerful guitar solo on “We Are The Quiet Children” liberated me again. Most Mike Keneally discs are funnier and poppier than Scambot 1; most Frank Zappa discs are too for that matter. I guess I was expecting Joe’s Garage Act 4, and a few more “Hallmark” moments would have made me happier. As for whether Scambot 1 is an intimidating masterpiece or an outlandish hoax, omelette you decide.

EX-2410 back sleeve
EX-2410 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. BIG SCREEN BOBOLI
  2. OPHUNJI'S THEME
  3. HALLMARK
  4. CHEE
  5. TOMORROW
  6. CAT BRAN SAMMICH PART ONE
  7. YOU NAMED ME
  8. CAT BRAN SAMMICH PART TWO
  9. SATURATE
  10. M
  11. COLD HANDS
  12. WE ARE THE QUIET CHILDREN
  13. FOAM
  14. THE BRINK
  15. LIFE'S TOO SMALL
  16. BEHIND THE DOOR
  17. GITA
  18. DADUNDA

    All songs by Mike Keneally

CREDITS

MIKE KENEALLY -- guitars, bass, keys, voices, piano, drums, bells, engineer, additional art
Bryan Beller -- acoustic bass, bass
Ruud Breuls -- trumpet (4)
Co de Kloet -- voice (1), creative catalyst (4)
Evan Francis -- saxophone, clarinet, flute
Leo Jansen -- tenor sax (4)
Murk Jiskoot -- percussion (4)
Jesse Keneally -- vocals (7,18)
Marco Minnemann -- drums, engineer
Rick Musallam -- rhythm guitar (9,15)
Marc Scholten -- alto sax (4)
Peter Tiehuis -- guitar (4)
Joe Travers -- drums (9,15)
Herman Van Haaren -- electric violin (4)
Bart Van Lier -- trombone (4)
Arno Van Nieuwenhuizen -- drums (4)
Hans Vroomans -- acoustic and electric piano (4)
Mike Harris -- engineer, mixing
Sam Orbec -- engineer (1)
Frank Mathijssen -- engineer and mixing (4)
Tom Trefethen -- engineer (9,15)
Gert Van Der Dolder -- engineer and mixing (4)
Lyle Workman -- engineer (7,10)
Scott Chatfield -- executive producer, mix suggestions, engineer
Atticus Wolrab -- art and design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US November 24, 2009 Exowax CD EX-2410  

 

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