30000 Little Adventures
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR IMPORTANT QUALITY INFORMATION! A little story: The teenage nephew of Romeo (lead singer) had guests in his classroom who were professional musicians there to talk about music. One of the musicians was a guitarist for The Steve Miller Band, and he asked if anyone in the class personally knew anyone in a band. The nephew raised his hand and said his uncle was in a band. When asked the name of the band he replied, 'Rhyming Polanskis.' The Steve Miller Band guitarist then asked if that was the same band with that phenomenal lead guitar player Nathan. The nephew, with his jaw dropped wide open, nodded and said yes. The guitarist then said the Rhyming Polanskis is a great band with a great CD. Granted, this story arrives here through double hearsay word-of-mouth, but given that the nephew was not expecting this answer there seems no incentive for the kid to make it up. We have a theory as to how the guitarist from The Steve Miller Band may have heard the 30,000 Little Adventures album since we know a few copies floated around in the vintage guitar trade circles in the Seattle area (also Steve Miller spends time in the Northwest). Anyway, it's an interesting little story about how you never know who may hear your music and publicly comment on it. Song-by-song synposis/analysis: "Eileen" (2:36) - A power-pop statement of purpose with three-part harmonies sung as a round near the end. Poor girl can't get along with anyone. "Beautiful Losers" (3:53) - Inspired by the songs of a group called Chavez, this song merges art-rock chord progressions with the traditional pop song structure. The song builds high tension using a layered three-guitar solo. Slackers will unite! Eventually! "Tell the World" (3:08) - Story of a love under wraps where one wants to unwrap it for all the world to see. Another good example of tension and a release at the end with a bass restatement of the melody. "Dry" (5:37) - Anyone caught in a trap of a creative block will understand the counting of the holes in the ceiling tiles and imagining them as caves, each with a story to tell - 30,000 little adventures, if you will. Features a blazing guitar solo and a riff any guitarist would like to learn to play. Also, check out the intricate drum pattern with tambourine accents. "This Is Ours" (3:42) - A ballad of discovering love within an established relationship, this song displays double-tracked three-part harmony and a free-form orchestral bridge escalation. "As Long As I'm With You" (3:23) - Another pop gem, this time featuring a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar lead and exhausting vocals. You'll find yourself taking a deep breath a couple of times. "Drawn" (4:17) - Here is a great example of "spot the influence." If you know your bands, you should be able to figure out from where the drum pattern and chord progression during the verses come. Isn't it great sometimes when songs make you think? "Rachel Says" (3:24) - Another song that provokes thought, the title is inspired by Lou Reed's series of songs where women speak ("Lisa Says," "Stephanie Says"). Here, Rachel proclaims she will be the death of rock 'n' roll and after everyone dies a special cable channel will show mini-series of their lives. "I Over You" (5:36) - Adult alternative doesn't get much better than this, people. With a soaring lead guitar and a fretless bass performance par excellence, the fact that an Ozark Mountain mountain dulcimer appears in the chorus just puts a cherry on the top of the finest-arranged and produced track on the album. "No Cheese" (1:45) - Based on a true story about ordering off-menu at a fast-food establishment. If you think the children are our future, then this is not the greatest burger of all. The hardest-rocking punk song on the album, it is also arguably the most popular track on the album. "Paper Glider" (4:21) - Here is where the album ends with a note of consolation in the chorus ("it's alright"). Another great guitar riff and a snare drum pattern propel the listener to want to listen to the entire album again to catch the nuances only available upon multiple listenings. "This Is Ours (reprise)" (6:47) - This is the full, original version of "This Is Ours" which includes another verse, more three-part harmonies, and an extended free-form orchestral ascension. Critical reviews: 'The RPs are best when riding a three or four chord ascending groove, less so when trying to experiment with pop conventions or wallowing in wack, prog-rock guitar solos.' - The Rocket issue #254. RP's response: 'The word 'experiment' implies objectivity. Since when is rock music objective?' 'Any alternative pop band needs strong songwriting. To have two of them elevates the competition and could be a blessing. The RHYMING POLANSKIS make pleasant guitar-based pop with finely structured, arranged, played, and produced songs. The members display their talent and versatility without showing off or deviating from the pop music continuum. Imagine a manic depressive Del Amitri on the rollercoaster of contemporary rock music.' - The Rocket issue #289. Performances by ... Nathan: lead guitar, 12-string electric guitar, mountain dulcimer, harmony vocals, lead vocal on 'No Cheese.' Brian: Ken Smith fretless bass. Monica: bass guitar. Romeo: lead vocals, guitar. Jay: drums, percussion, synthesizers, harmony vocals, lead vocal on 'Rachel Says' and 'No Cheese.' Recorded, mixed and produced by Jay. 'Paper Glider' mixed by Lance. Total disc duration: 61 minutes, 35 seconds. PLEASE READ! IMPORTANT QUALITY INFORMATION: The album you receive will not be shrinkwrapped. The CD you purchase will be NEW and NEVER PLAYED on any hardware.