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With members hailing from an assortment of other bands (Bright Eyes, Mayday, Ugly Casanova, and more), it's not easy to keep track of the lineup for Head of Femur. The same can be said about this quirky collection of tunes. Ringodom or Proctor, its debut, jumps from idea to idea and from instrument to instrument (violin, trumpet, flute, etc). It's by no means a mess. It's well-conducted, with pieces such as "Yeoman or Tinker" featuring small indie rock orchestras when all members are put to use. Sometimes, they actually resemble Bright Eyes ("80 Steps to Jonah," which culminates with a nice horn arrangement), while other times they tap into prog rock ("Finally I've Made It Nowhere"). On paper, the Brian Eno classic "The True Wheel" seems out of place, but it actually fits into Head of Femur's territory. Though it can be a lot to absorb in one sitting, Ringodom often pushes indie rock to its limits.


Formed: November, 2001 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Nebraska natives Mike Elsener (vocals/guitar, also of Solar Wind), Ben Armstrong (vocals, keyboards, drums, ex-Commander Venus), and Matt Focht (vocals, guitar, also of Bright Eyes) formed Head of Femur in Chicago in late 2001. Greyday signed the indie rock supergroup in 2002 and later released Ringodom or Proctor, an album demonstrating such diverse influences as the Zombies, the Talking Heads, the Flaming Lips, and Brian Eno. Joining the core trio on the record and at performances are current and...
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