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SMUG BROTHERS RELEASE SERVE A THIRSTY MOON

Serve a Thirsty Moon is an eclectic collection of short songs (most are under the 2-minute mark) by the Indie band, Smug Brothers.  These guys have had some year, as this is their 3rd release in 2019! Their innovative outpouring of music speaks well for the tenacious foursome, who have produced their most connected LP yet.

What I enjoyed about this release is how the songs all have their own delivery, which is an unconventional, off-the-wall tone that is unique to the Smug Brothers. Not every note is pitch-pure, but the music and vocals still pull together in a united fashion that is both fun and serious. “Inside the Honeycomb” has a cadence that should get your fingers-snapping with the clever drum work. It’s a fine opening number which easily opens the door to the rest of the tracks. My favorite, however, is “As Close as You can Get”, which clocks in at just over a minute. This one has many concealed layers, which is a pleasure to detect. “Born on Kentucky Avenue” is another that hits you with a rare punk rock/indie rock partnership.

My secret passion with this album was trying to figure out the significance of each track’s title. With a track list that includes, “Antenna Chariot Finals”, “Spitball Citation” “Earl of Snakes”, and “Garbo Encores”, you can get an idea of the challenge that is involved.

If you like your Indie music to be uncommon and unconventional, then please give this album a listen.

About T.M. Strubel

Deep in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, you’ll find this guy, rocking out at his favorite campground. When not hosting a game of trivia at the famous “Cow Palace,” you’ll find him riding the nature trails in his custom golf cart, listening to music as diverse as Aerosmith, Cream and Pink Floyd, to Jane’s Addiction and Lenny Kravitz. It’s true, he probably shouldn’t be driving so fast with Parkinson’s Disease, but don’t tell him that. He’s been moving and shaking (get it??) to his own beat ever since he snuck out at age 15 to see George Thorogood & The Destroyers. So...if you find yourself lost in the woods some cold night, and hear the mournful sounds of “Folsom Prison Blues” echoing through the trees, make your way to the source. You’ll find a roaring campfire beside a gazebo. Pull up a camp stool and sit next to the guy with the cane. You’ll soon realize that’s not Johnny Cash he’s playing. That would be “Small Town Titans”, and he’d love to tell you about them! Stay awhile. Let’s talk music...

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