The damage undone

The Geraldine Fibbers write a new chapter about rock and its tragic aftermath

Lost is actually more like a book set to music than a record featuring disconnected pieces of music. With its table of contents, which presents the song titles as chapters or short stories ("IV. Dragon Lady"), and a lyric sheet that presents Bozulich's songs in prose form, the record is hard to dissect; each track leads into the other, fleshing out characters and building to one single climax--11 songs about hopelessness, faithlessness, despair, and loss leading to one final moment of revelation and promise ("my sadness does escape me now"). It's the faint light at the end of a very dark and cold tunnel, J.D. Salinger's 12 Stories set against a harsh beat and told through a howling voice.

It recalls the best literature--its words move you even when read outside of the musical context, when seen on the bare printed page--because Bozulich's words are so explicit and precise. It's the rare album that reveals itself in layers, that lends itself to new discoveries with every listen.

"I feel like a crusader in support of the written word," Bozulich says. "I feel like it's a dying art and a really worthwhile one, and the record seemed to be like a story, and I preferred to think of it as a book instead of a concept album. I like to write, and I've often thought about writing a book of short stories where the stories stand on their own, but if you read them in order they comprise a novel.

"Also, for this record I've never had so much freedom. I've been doing music for a very long time, but I've never been the lead character or vision before. I was going to say I don't think the next record is going to be that way, but I don't know because I swear I don't think that way. We'll see when all the songs come together if it comes off as the next volume."

The Geraldine Fibbers perform March 5 at the Galaxy Club. Lutefisk opens.

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