Fred Thomas "Aftering (Polyvinyl)"
Fred Thomas is a man of many moods, and his latest release Aftering highlights many of them. Bad mood? How about opening your album with a slow drone tune “Ridiculous Landscape”. However right away the guitars are turned up and song two roars in like SST era Dinosaur (sorry no Jr. yet)… “Aftering” keeps the where is my Xanax ride going like Harry Chapin hanging out with Ira Kaplan (now that would make quite a great episode of “Dead Guitar Guys Driving Live Guitar Guys”). Check out the Lee Renoldo-esque “Altar” featuring Anna Birch, or the beautiful “Mother/Daughter Pharmix” – the cats are in the cradle for sure.