Pseudopod succeeds in debut
with eclectic mix
By Miriam Rouziek
The Daily Cougar
Pseudopod is another mixed-genre band, combining the vocal sounds of
country and western with the musical genius of alternative folk rock.
In their self-titled debut album, sounding like the love child of Blues
Traveler and Dave Matthews Band, Pseudopod brings an eclectic mix of sounds
from their own genre to the forefront and takes in styles from other genres.
Pseudopod's debut is the perfect mix of jazz, blues, funk and rock.
From the first song to the last, they never lose their style and keep the
flow going. The music flows well, never going off beat and never strays
too loud or soft. The tempo fits with the style and the lyrics fit the
The lyrics are not shallow, but they're not too deep either. They fit
the laid-back melody well, and they flow just as smooth as the rest of
Photo courtesy of Interscope Records
From left, Pseudopod's Brian Fox, Kevin Carlberg, Ross
Grant and Tim McGregor maintain originality while mixing familiar sounds
in the band's self-titled debut album.
This critic can't decide on whether the music or the lyrics are more
important, because Pseudopod has blended them so well.
Without such lyrics, the music wouldn't sound right, and, without their
style of music, the lyrics would be just another college guy's weird poetry.
Pseudopod forms such a cohesive bond and retains a solid foundation
for their style in a way that sets the tone for a coherent, well-formed
The bass, drums and guitars perfectly compliment the vocals, which relay
the album's message and tone.
Like Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler, these guys have managed
to make every day life seem cool.
Without delving too much into harsh subjects, such as politics and religion,
Pseudopod manages to keep a relaxed, calm ambience in their albums. It's
definitely a step away from the loud, heavy lyrics of Eminem, Korn, Kid
Rock and the like.
Pseudopod's main selling point is originality, which would seem impossible
given their apparent foundation in Blues Traveler.
Their originality, however, is retained in their ability to take not
just one or two, but a multitude of sounds and integrate them into their
music. With the combination, the band has carved their own niche in the
middle of several musical genres: funk, rock, folk and alternative.
Pseudopod is slowly moving away from the musical stalemate of the late
1990s, and moving into a fresh corner of the rock world.
The group is largely underground, keeping most of their music available
online at Web sites such as mp3.com, farmclub.com and garageband.com.
However, they're not completely out of the limelight. The band is taking
advantage of national touring and club shows to get their music out.
If you get a chance, check these guys out at the Jeep World Outside
Festival July 17 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
The verdict: Pseudopod's debut album is cool enough to waste