Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
The Histrioniks is Cat and Larry Levy and they’ve been joined by Dave Powers on this album as well as their previous release.
This band has never been for the mainstream. But there’s something about them I’ve always found charming. They’re somewhere between beach music and punk. Neither of which I am a big fan, but there’s something cool and punky about them that I like.
The percussion is really heavy on the cymbals giving these songs a somewhat tinny sound.
Opener Drama Queen makes nice use of minor notes and has clever lyrics.
Misery, reprise, is more beach music-y than their other songs. It’s instrumental for one.
Too Black makes my leg jiggle.
Shattered Youth is maybe my favorite. I like the haunting background vocals.
Cat’s vocals and lyrics on Out of the In Crowd are fun.
The Histrioniks vibe is not for everyone, but if you tend to like the more experimental end of the spectrum you’ll appreciate what they’re doing and have a fun time of this record for sure.
1. Drama Queen
3. My Blue
4. Too Black
5. Shattered Youth
6. Dead Again
9. Dirt Don’t Die
10. Nervous Shakedown
11. Out of the in Crowd
12. Misery (Reprise)