Top Story Tonite 2006
The internet has made The Dysmal America's most popular band. The Dysmal 'Top Story Tonite 2006' CD review by Mike O'Cull, Staff Writer Chicago Music Guide The Dysmal is a melodically and compositionally sophisticated outfit that specializes in 'Techno-Aggressor Pop', which they describe as a 'Polite blend of Pop vox, Bionic synths, Quasistatic guitar, foolhardy bass, and tech-groove drums'. Whether it is all that remains to be seen, but it IS a cool mix of singer- songwriting, electronic sounds, and soulful vocals that will appeal to fans of literate pop music. The group is the brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Bill Harrell, who, along with producer Obese Genius, crafts the sounds, stories, and melodies that comprise his body of work. Harrell is a mystery man of sorts, working equally out of New York, Boston, and Chicago and developing a solid reputation in the sonic underground. His music has been arriving on this reviewers' desk periodically for years, mostly from his previous incarnations. He gives few interviews and is seldom photographed in uncontrolled situations. Mostly, he holes up in recording studios with a select group of supporting players and converts his innermost thoughts into digital bliss. The songs contained on 'Top Story Tonite 2006' wrap themselves around a listener in the same way a great soundtrack surrounds a film. They create a world unto themselves and welcome in anyone perceptive enough to notice the door. Many of the tunes are built on classic synth-rock grooves and give off a cool To-Live-And-Die-In L.A. sort of vibe. Highlights include 'Pieces', 'Top Story Tonite', and the singularly acoustic selection,'Safe'. Harrell is definitely a moving target, and fans will have to hustle to get a glimpse of his studio tan, but their efforts will be rewarded with pop music made for the thinking few if they are able to catch him in the flesh. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.