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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Loudermilkis CD stays fresh with gritty rock ‘ni roll sound

By Amber Lanphier
The Dialy Cougar

Loudermilk looks like a British mod band straight out of the sixties with its sleek, solid-colored suits and ties. 

But itis not.

The four incredibly handsome young men from the Washington suburbs make up what originally began as a Guns Ni Roses cover band.

Loudermilk has evolved into a full-fledged rock act with its latest release The Red Record.

From left, Loudermilkis Mark Watrous, Isaac Carpenter, Davey Ingersoll and Shane Middleton bring back rock ‘ni roll with their latest endeavor, The Red Record.

Chapman Baehler/Dreamworks Pictures

Davey Ingersoll (guitar and lead vocals), along with Mark Watrous (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Isaac Carpenter (drums) and Shane Middleton (bass), begin their first major album with a vicious punk-inspired jam, "Estrogen Oxygen Aches in the Teeth Again."

Ingersollis voice is a pleasant reminder of the likes of Vince Neil from Motley Crue and Sebastian Bach from Skid Row.

Songs such as "Rock ‘ni Roll and the Teenage Desperation" and "California" demonstrate how the guitars and bass fuse consistently and originally throughout The Red Record.

The intriguing lyrics on the album are offered in a provocative and abstract way, yet they donit lose any depth, revealing the band to be quite versatile.

Loudermilk may remind some listeners of the great rock bands that ruled the 1980s and 90s, such as Guns Ni Roses, Poison and Smashing Pumpkins. 

The band has that gritty, just-walked-out-of-the-whisky-bar L.A. sound.

As a whole, Loudermilk has firm, well-written and -produced songs that will have you setting your CD player on repeat.

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