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MP3 5 Billion Things - Replicas

Paisley shoegaze experimental lulla-punk with different kinds of distorted layers of typical rock instruments and vocals, dappled with melodic guitar lines of varied texture.

21 MP3 Songs in this album (53:44) !
Related styles: ROCK: Paisley Underground, ROCK: Shoegaze

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The story of "THAT SMALL SOUND":

A college student and Dharma Juice employee in 1992, Joe Cook bought his first 4-track. Before that, his drumming career seemed to have peaked with the breakup of 3 Mickeys, a Bellingham band that only played locally but impressed some enough to record them and get it played on KUGS, enough times that friends reported hearing it. It wasn’t until 1995 that Joe joined the incipient A FREQUENCY, an experimental noise band that has played shows ever since.

By 1995, Joe had written a fair share of songs, recording them as the songs went, or just recording improvisation. He joined up with a bass player and drummer who were at the time also in a band with Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard. They played one show, but Joe proved too chicken to sing, having not determined his proper technique yet. He wouldn’t get up and sing in front of a crowd until after the dissolution of THE CRAZY BEER O’S, a heavy groove jam band made of members of the Orchard Street Brewery, where he worked as head brewer until the business folded in 2003.

Some of his early performances were difficult, trying to be an acoustic guitar singer. Determining which songs he had written were suited to that stripped-down delivery proved hit and miss, yet forays into building bands to go with his music resulted in a handful of shows that went over well enough but seemed to require an inhuman amount of effort. Friends are sometimes better left that way, rather than as partners.

All the while he kept writing songs on his 4-track, sending CDs off to the local music magazine for reviews. And though they have not all been stellar reviews, a common thread is the interest sparked by his music, it’s lasting impressions, and an often fun and successful sense of exploring new territory. (One album consists entirely, vocal-wise, of messages left on his answering machine.)

Joe Cook has been refining his live act mostly on the little island where he lives for the duration of his stay there, but it’s come the farthest most recently. Using a Sans Amp on his vocals and a Boss RC-2 loop station for guitars, keyboards, and keyboard drums, (the kind you pound out with your fingers, not turn on, as with the beat loops already on the keyboard), the songs now begin differently from one another and go through various stages. Some have long jams in the middle or at the end while others stick to the recipe. It’s fun, and Joe is excited to get this brand of ear candy out into the larger world.


On Replicas, we get a somewhat nostalgic selection of songs written between 1992 and 1998. Much more has been written since by Joe Cook (of the Pacific Northwest), so this shouldn''t be considered a collection of best material so much as a showroom of some of the artist''s favorites, dusted off from plastic cassette, re-welded, hammered, and painted into what might be considered a batch of collectible reprints.

Lyrically, it''s a trip back into the subconscious, before self-censor, when his songs would unfold at their own bidding, and the lyrics, splayed out on the table for all to see, could not be trimmed or switched around to suit the artist''s bidding. We''ve heard songs since from Cook about birth, death, fatherhood, animals, luck, theft, injustice, illness, love, sex, modest ambition, and more, but can''t conclude that the concrete meaning laid out in these works touches us as deeply as the mysterious meanderings brought forth by the author''s unbridled mind as it was simultaneously discovering new music.

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