- Silver Tones Smile
Ultra Time, Baby
Smile marks UltraBabyFat's major-label debut (on Velvel
records). This alternarock band started out as Babyfat,
but became UltraBabyFat with the release of this album.
(Their first album was an Indie record, released 1995, entitled
Dragons Go Away). Upon being picked up by Velvel,
they appropriated the talents of Keith Cleversly (Flaming
Lips, Hum) among others to take care of production.
The new album was recorded at Easley Studios, where, incidentally,
some of the band's favorite artists such as Pavement and Jon
Spencer Blues Explosion recorded.
considers themselves a live band above all else, and this
is apparent on the album. There is an inherent rawness
found within, however it is coupled with the necessary production
which is found on any quality studio recording. Guitarist
/ vocalist Michelle DuBois states "Live, we don't play
with huge amps -- we have a more lo-fi sound in our shows
and we wanted to translate that in the studio".
The album sounds nowhere close to underproduced, the grit
of the band shines through - hopefully this is what the were
looking for, as the sound is excellent for setting the mood
of their work.
band is classic female alternative rock. I can best
describe their sound as a mix between Juliana Hatfield, Hole,
and Veruca Salt (the vocals sound very Courtney Love when
they get coarse). The instrumental aspect
of the band is a lot lighter than the female rock of Hole
- thereby sounding like a mix of Hatfield (a la Juliana Hatfield
Three days - not the solo stuff) and Veruca Salt. The
only complaint I have as to their musical style is the similarity
in riffs to other works I have heard. If you listen
to the first track, "Twist", it sounds very
similar to Better Than Ezra's "Rosealia" (from Deluxe
1995, Elektra Records). Otherwise the band has talent
in all areas. Happily it is not only simple power chords,
there are even a few solos. "Jonesin'" includes
well as a funky bass intro on (my favorite track on the CD).
The CD is quality stuff - nothing I am gonna go out and tell
all my friends about, but it may get the casual mention in
conversation. The band should be happy with the CD -
check it out if you get a chance.
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