Psychology of Booze & Guilt
PORTLAND'S MAD SCIENTIST OF SONG, PROFESSOR GALL, RELEASES NEW ALBUM "The Psychology of Booze and Guilt" We live in the age of guilt. Or rather, the age of denying guilt and if that doesn't work, feigning guilt. From the politician talking from both sides of his mouth to the celebrity who can barely mutter "sorry" from the manicured grounds of a rehab center. Not so for Portland's Professor Gall. His second album, "The Psychology of Booze and Guilt" - examines the act of contrition from every angle: religious, political, sexual and social. And sparking this culpability is, well, plenty of booze. Fired up with manic (one might say drunken) energy, the album wails with New Orleans clarinet soul, with growling trombone, with relentless banjo rhythm and with dark, ironic, and at times, surprisingly sincere lyrics via songs like "Putting the Fun Back in Funeral" and "Whiskey Was the Medicine (To Get Me Through Another Christmas Eve Night)". It's a tincture of junkyard folk and nefarious jazz, coalescing the sounds of late-night Broadway and Bourbon Street through the talents of some of PDX's finest musicians. Leading the conglomeration and sowing the lyrical and musical seeds is Professor Gall (Drew Norman), who performs vocals, guitars, banjo, lap steel and timpani. An irrepressible showman (and dreamer of the existentialist's dream), Mr. Norman routinely unleashes his theatrical background upon the musical stage, ensuring that every Professor Gall live show is a feast of sight as well as sound. In addition to performing regularly throughout Portland, he has worked alongside Chris Robley's Fear of Heights Orchestra (Cutthroat Pop Records) and Jeff Hanson (Kill Rock Stars Records) and recently completed a role as "Husband" in the stage and film version of Sally Tomato's "Toy Room" (Severe Enterprises), an award-winning rock opera.