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Maserati, Majeure, Conductive Alliance Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Nov. 11, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $12, $10 in advance
Released almost exactly one year after the death of drummer Jerry Fuchs, Maserati's 2010 album Pyramid of the Sun looked like the band's swan song. The undoubtedly arduous process of finishing the record involved including as many of Fuchs's drum tracks as possible—sometimes relying on loops of a single groove—and filling gaps by recruiting friends, including Zombi members Anthony Paterra and Steve Moore. Pyramid can feel stitched together at spots, but whatever Maserati lacked in fluidity on that album they make up for on Maserati VII (Temporary Residence), the mostly instrumental Athens-based quartet's fourth full-length and first with new drummer Mike Albanese. If you've followed Maserati's trajectory since 2007's Inventions for the New Season, you know how much they like towers of melodic delay-treated guitar, motorik rhythms, and well-positioned psych flourishes—and you'll get all of that on Maserati VII. But the album is their best-rounded to date, and it ebbs and flows flawlessly despite the variety among its tracks. "The Eliminator" has a jogging beat and, like much of the album, features synth contributions from Moore; "Abracadabracab" is a winding ten-minute slow burner; and "Earth-Like" is about as close as I've heard Maserati get to straight-up punk. I wouldn't have faulted the band had they decided to split after losing a good friend and stupidly talented drummer, but I'm much happier that they decided to make one of my favorite albums of the year instead. —Kevin Warwick Majeure and Psychic Twin open.



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