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There are, however, some big differences this time. "I actually tried to play tight and sing in tune on this album, so there's a difference there," Dufilho says with a chuckle.
Fans of The Deathray Davies might already know every word to some of the songs on the new album, which features some favorites from the band's frequent live shows, like "Square," "I Put Opium in the Food," and "Clever Found a Name." Each song, with its simple riffs and melodies, will entertain anyone who is familiar with pogoing. It's pop-rock with a garage twist, or as Garner puts it, "zany geek pop."
The recordings reflect the wacky, just-havin'-fun spirit that the Davies embody during the live show. Even the darker tracks, especially "Evaporated," are extremely impressive reflections of what the band is capable of, without departing too much from the energetic sound. "Chinese Checkers and Devo Records," with its unique recording style (it sounds as if someone keeps adjusting the volume knob) and many contributors, ends the album on a definite high note. All in all, the album is impressive, which is what people have come to expect from The Deathray Davies in a pretty short period of time.
The band also plays at Good Records at 4 p.m.
"What always surprises me is how much people seem to like it," says the always humble Dufilho, who loves nothing more than to spread the credit around. And despite the added pressure and time commitments of an album release, not to mention the possibility of a few mini-tours in the coming months, none of the other guys shows any signs of backing away, despite their many commitments. Hopefully, this incarnation of The Deathray Davies will stick around for a while, maybe even long enough to head into the studio together. As far as Dufilho is concerned, that's a done deal.
"The next one will be a full band," he promises. "We're already starting to record it. We're raring to go."