Album Review: The Trike | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

The Trike | The Trike

(Independent)

Peekskill trio the Trike play punchy, unvarnished rock 'n' roll with touches of punk, prog, reggae, and a whole lotta late-'80s/early-'90s college radio: Think Fables of the Reconstruction-era R.E.M. with more crunch, Camper Van Beethoven with less wiseassery, or Matthew Sweet with Hudson Valley dirt under his fingernails. On their self-titled debut EP, they make the unusual move of presenting the same six songs twice—first in mixes by lead vocalist/guitarist Fred Gillen, Jr., then the same recordings (albeit in a different running order) mixed by bassist/keyboardist John Banrock. It's an interesting experiment, at least in theory, though Gillen and Banrock serve up only slightly varied sonic interpretations of their material. Banrock's mixes come off a little stronger to these ears; but in both cases, the ringing, emotional "Ghosts," the loping travelogue "Kathmandu," and the bumper-sticker-waiting-to-happen "Don't Die in the Waiting Room of the Future" stand out as the record's most endearing tracks.

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