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Issue: September 2010
Excrement Weather (Maggot Records)
The Uncommon Houseflies

If the the Uncommon Houseflies were a person, they'd be the guy farting boisterously in the middle of Sunday mass or drawing phallic symbols on random surfaces in public places. They'd be the friend who takes all the silver out of his change drawer and hand delivers it to the first bum he can find. While many artists thrive on songs that reflect their personal heartbreaks and losses, the Uncommon Houseflies would much rather make fun of those things.

The band's latest release, Excrement Weather, is an effective blend of pop and comedy rock with a garage sound and early punk vibe. Some songs help to make light of human ridiculousness, while others are just flat-out ridiculous.

For instance, during the hysterically bitter love song "Cotton Candy in the Rain," singer/songwriter Kevin Gibson sings in classic McCartney fashion, "Loving you is like taking a bath with my socks on." Gibson continues to push his lyrical imagery over the bubbly guitar line, erupting into the climax in which he sings, "I only hope that someday you will choke and die / And make wet doody in your pants."

The party continues with the old-western-styled, Cash-esque "Idiots in Love," where Gibson takes another graphically bitter stab at the stupidity of love and relationships, while "Beating Up Hippies" tells a tale of cruising around on a Saturday night with baseball bats and brass knuckles looking for a pony-tailed, sandal-wearing hippie to rough up. "Hippies love peace, that's what makes it so easy," Gibson shouts along with Ramones-styled guitars and thudding drums.

"Supermarket Sushi," "Pink Party Vomit" and "The Last Roofie" highlight the rest of Excrement Weather, each with its own share of descriptive, humorous and always dramatic songwriting.

Excrement Weather has the ability to make one shed a few tears and tighten the stomachs of its listeners, but only because that happens to a person when they can't stop laughing.

Join the fun over at http://uncommonhouseflies.com.

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