(We Put Out)
Producers: Machine (tracks 1-6)
OF THE MONTH"
By Mike Doktorski
Cropduster have been wowing NJ's rock intelligensia for half a decade now, one of many bands far too talented to be sloshing it out in the dingy nightclubs of the Garden State. But their sophomore album might just position this Hoboken quartet for the national attention they very much deserve. For one, it doesn't hurt that Drunk Uncle is the first ever release by We Put Out Records, a division of college radio music pluggers The Syndicate. And then there's the music. Singer Marc Maurizi (sounding not unlike Dave Pirner throughout) snarls his way through nine mostly acoustic-based, country-twanged, blues-inflected tracks that nevertheless retain the punk urgency of the club scene from which Cropduster arose. Think Soul Asylum meets The Stones meets Old 97's meets Matthew Sweet meets Ween meets the Violent Femmes. Disjointed? Sure, it could be, but somehow these guys make it all okay.