Canada - Full Moon 34 - 07/28/99
Buffalo Fire Records
The debut self-titled EP from Welland, Ontario's Pope Factory
shows lots of potential. The emerging quartet plays everything from
straight up rock to spacey, psychedelic songs over the course of the
album's thirty five minutes.
The seven track album (six listed, one hidden track) begins with
Underrating the Recluse. Musically the song is alright but the
vocals on it are just plain bad. They manage to ruin any potential the
song has to be good. This however, is the only downfall of the album.
From the spacey swirling guitars of Channeling Ringo to the
upbeat, short instrumental that ends the album this is a strong record.
Luckily for music fans the boys in Pope Factory start weak but are very
strong finishers. Standout tracks include Smug and the ten minute
The Wait which manages to shift between psychedelic and hard
rock sounds beautifully.
Oh yeah, and for the record, Pope Factory's EP contains some of the
coolest and most original album packaging I have ever seen.
With a little fine tuning Pope Factory should be able to make a name
for themselves. Keep an eye out for these guys in the new
Copyright © 1999 Shawn Despres