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Album review: 'Fuzzy Organs' 

McFadden's Parachute

"Fuzzy Organs"


I've been a big fan of McFadden's Parachute since it was cranking out cassette releases in the early 90's. Now as you may not know, McFadden's Parachute is the nom de twang for one Darren Brennessel, a Rochester-based studio genius who plays everything himself and has done so on 28 releases thus far. On "Fuzzy Organs," he turns his driving guitar raunch over to several classic organs and runs them through a Russian-made fuzz box — hence the title.

The only way I can best describe this fuzzed-out freak-out is "relentless." The 4-track medium gives it just the right amount of in-the-red heat. It's infectious and it incites, and it makes me want to jump up and punch the ceiling. Brennessel entered his attic studio with a 1967 Vox Jaguar, a 1968 Farfisa Compact, a 1971 Lowery Teenie Geenie, and a 1974 Hammond Leslie 125 XL and emerged with this 15-song example of awesome garage psyche. There's still plenty of vintage guitar sawing away, and of course the 4/4 of the drums keeps things driving. The vocals are on the brink of insanity, sometimes doubling and even tripling the melody line for added punch and appeal. It's just a goddamn shame this band doesn't play live.

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