For this rock band, it seems that rollicking good times have been set aside in order to focus on the darker side of things. M & Co.'s second album is an effort that delves into sonic and lyrical territory that aches with melancholy.
James McAndrew's husky voice delivers brooding lyrics that mesh well with some of the darker themes. "Bombsong," maybe the best track on the album, is a striding rock song with time and tempo changes that bring it from a steady march to a waltz, to a furious sprint and back again. Robin Ryczek's cello weaves in and out of songs alongside multi-instrumentalist Bill Whitney and accordion from Peter Bufano, but Milquebelieve is largely defined by the hopeless note in McAndrew's voice and the ghost sounds of Ryczek's cello, producing the most chilling music in town.
released April 1, 2010
James McAndrew vocals/guitar
Panama Quinn drums
Joe Mageary bass
Robin Ryczek cello
Bill Whitney guitar/horns
Peter Bufano accordian
The Rotary Records, West Springfield, MA
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Warren Amerman
Co-Produced by Milquetoast&Co. and Warren Amerman
Cover Photo by Steve Wollkind
All songs written by James McAndrew/ Milquetoast&Co.
Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.