At the time of touring their critically acclaimed debut record, Goliath, Steve Taylor and the talented men who make up the Perfect Foil, decided to write a couple of songs with their opening act: Daniel Smith of the indie rock band, Danielson. The only requirement? "If it sounds like something we've already done, we throw it out." The result is the six-song EP curiously titled, Wow to the Deadness.
Beginning with the raucously fun title track, Wow to the Deadness is classic Steve Taylor all the way through -- and Daniel's vocals only add extra character to an already diverse set of songs. Now to clarify, when I say diverse, what I mean is borderline chaotic. "The Dust Patrol," for instance, is a blazing two minutes of raw punk rock that lets up only during its final seconds. It then leads directly into the more fragile "Nonchalant," serving as the EP's sole ballad. The title track is a heavily repetitive acoustic rock jam that surprisingly avoids becoming irritating.
It isn't just the music that impresses, there are a lot of lyrical gems to be found here as well. "Give me joyful liberty transcending up in awe of how you go, oh can I know let us be known by our love," from "Wait Up Downstep" is one such example. And anyone who's attempted to create art can certainly relate to the harsh musings of "The Muse" (pun definitely intended), "It's my party, you're lucky to be here....you're nothing without me, give me my, give me my page and a half."
Taylor's collaborative project with Daniel Smith is just plain fun to listen to. Each and every song catches the ear and gets the listener laughing and pondering, often at the same time. Although it's a little short, this EP will no doubt keep listeners riotously dancing until Taylor pulls out another surprise record from the shadows.- Review date: 2/1/16, written by Lucas Munachen of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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