The Traveling Vampire Show (CD)
by Carl Macki
The Traveling Vampire Show
The Calabrese Brothers:
Bobby -- guitar, vocals
Jimmy -- bass, vocals, theremin, tambourine, keyboards
and Davey -- drums
Voices of the Dead
Vampires Don't Exist
Inside This Coffin
Night In The Lonesome October
Children Of The Night
Saturday Night Of The Living Dead
The Young Princess of Darkness
Darkness, Tell Us
The House Of Mysterious Secrets
It doesn't matter
that a monster macabre band has a great ghoulish marketing
machine to merchandise and promote their records does it? It is
a positive note to be detected amid the screams.
While I had not heard
of the band the Calabrese and the "Traveling Vampire Show" CD
before, their presentation did help me to become interested in
them. With their slick and seamless looks and packaging --
replete with colorful, ghoulish and comic figures reproduced
throughout the surfaces of their trifold CD box, they made their
sound seem more artful and thorough.
If I could level one
mild form of criticism, it may be a little too artful, a little
too contrived and overly rehearsed. That is a matter of personal
taste, and I said the same thing about one of White Stripes'
cuts on "Icky Thump," "Conquest," which some believe to be the
best song on the whole album.
Now I just said a silly thing: Believe me, the Calabrese are the
Dr. Frankensteins of rock and roll.
So carry on, earthly
creatures and members of the night, one can endure the horror of
not listening for only so long.
PO Box 93817
Phoenix, AZ 85070