Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Joel Plaskett Emergency: Ashtray Rock

Joel Plaskett Emergency
Ashtray Rock
Maple Records [2007]

Fire Drills Review:
This album is still only available as an import from Canada but it just recently reached our doorstep and thought it was worthy of a review even though it came out over a year ago. Joel Plaskett is the former lead singer of alt band Thrush Hermit and his solo efforts definitely sound more singer/songwriter but with a punch provided by his band the Emergency. Ashtray Rock is a small concept album about the wonders of growing up and following youths that experience the full circle of relationships from love, friendship and stabbing each other in the back. Plaskett's delivery is light hearted but catchy and the music is upbeat making repeat plays enjoyable.

Key Track: "Drunk Teenagers"

Band With Similar Fire: Ben Folds

Official Joel Plaskett Emergency Website
Joel Plaskett Emergency MySpace

-Reviewed by Natalie Colibri