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Album Review

Strapping Fieldhands pursue the same lo-fi indie rock as Guided By Voices, but with fewer pure rock songs. True, song titles such as "Scuttled Kayak Odyssey," "Ben Franklin Airbath," and "Tickled With Olive Branch" could be taken from any GBV album, but the Fieldhands are also influenced by sea shanties and drinking songs. "Abandoned By Demeter" continues the band's interest in mythology (check out "Ulysses" on the In the Pineys EP).


Formed: 1991 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Debuting in 1991 as a three-piece support act for the Frogs, Strapping Fieldhands made a few waves as one of the more charming -- albeit ramshackle -- bands in indie-rock's decidedly ragged lo-fi movement. The band, comprised of Bob Malloy, Bob Dickie, Jacy Webster, Sky Kishlo and Jeff Werner, gigged around Philadelphia and recorded their debut EP, The Demiurge, in 1991 for Siltbreeze Records. Several singles for the label followed, and Strapping Fieldhands released their first album, Discus, in...
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