This Weeks Album Releases:

 

Artist:  Medications

Album:  Completely Removed

Label:  Dischord

Release Date:  4/20/2010

Medications is the current title of the long time collaboration between Devin Ocampo, and Chad Molter. Their musical journey started in Los Angeles in high school, and eventually found a home in D.C. after Devin moved there where he was a member of Smart Went Crazy. Chad would soon follow, and the two formed the short lived, but extremely influential Faraquet (If you don’t know them I strongly suggest you find their albums). After a few 7” singles, a split EP with Akarso, and one full length “The View From This Tower”, Faraquet called it quits. They reformed in 2003 with drummer Andy Becker to record an EP, and full length “Your Favorite People All In One Place”, under the name, Medications.

Their new album Completely Removed, contains the bands first recordings since 2005. With Becker replaced by fellow multi instrumentalist Mark Cisneros, Medications wastes no time putting it into full gear and racing past where they stalled five years ago.

The first thing to jump out at me about this album is the vocal work that is involved. Through out their history as Faraquet and Medications, vocals played a less pronounced part in the cohesive whole of their over all sound, but in Completely Removed this totally changes, with more harmonization, and background vocals, their voices are manipulated just as well as the instruments they play. Medications are still doing what they do best… That is interesting and intricate instrumental work, note play like fore play, which builds up and when it hits its peak, explodes. They can finish a song powerfully and beautifully, with a sudden powerful riff, break, harmonization, or melody that will send shivers down your spine, as they have always been able to do, whether it would  be Faraquet or Medictions. This time around, the onslaught has a decidedly classic rock feel, with the end of the mostly instrumental song, Kilometers And Smiles, sliding into an Abbey Road like Beatles sound. And the mid section of, Country Air, could have easily made its way onto a Neil Young and Crazy Horse album.

This is easily the most diverse work this band has put out to date, and grows more and more enjoyable with each listening session. It’s definitely recommended that you check out all the work of these talented musicians.

Listen: http://www.myspace.com/medications

Buy: Your local record store! Or, http://www.dischord.com/release/165/completely-removed

See Live:  Sunday, May, 23 @ Danger Danger Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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