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THE SEASON STANDARD

Eclectic Prog • Germany


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THE SEASON STANDARD is consisting of four young musicians from the east german city Dresden where it all started. They collaborated to make music since their schooldays - at first influenced by punk and nu-metal. Gradually the ability to cultivate a deep confidence and friendship grew as the precondition for the musical interaction. And then after several years the band decided to move to the artistical melting pot Berlin for some reasons. Animated by the intention to create something effectively new they soon came in contact with the Discorporate Records label and started to produce their EP named 'Caudle Cameo' in 2006 containing a blend of jazz, weirdo-funk, prog elements and hardcore.

Markus Reuter, member of the project TUNER, took notice of the band sometimes after that. Realizing the great potency he contacted them with the offer to produce their debut album. The band once again changed the mode of practise then by using keyboards more and more - and finally managed to create something technically brilliant and completely new. 'Squeeze Me Ahead Of Line' was released in 2008 with the support of Trey Gunn. Much more fusion based with a strong nujazz orientation this album represents a new progressive style with a mix of some distinctive elements - the trickiness of The Mars Volta, way-out nervous drums, jazzy/psychedelic guitars, funky interludes plus female similiar falsetto vocals.

As a special unique cocktail THE SEASON STANDARD's sound is not easy to digest for listeners with a more conventional prog orientation. Fans of experimental, eclectic, avantgarde music however might be delighted by the band's output.

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2008

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 Squeeze Me Ahead Of Line by SEASON STANDARD, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.50 | 4 ratings

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Squeeze Me Ahead Of Line
The Season Standard Eclectic Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars This album is weird. Its source of inspiration actually is weirdness. For example it's like something in between good old "Inca Roads" by Zappa and good new "Abigail's Questions" by Beardfish. Together with a lot of other sounds - mostly disharmonic ones, noise (rarely) and really weird (again) stuff. It's jazz as far as I hear, funky, more rocking one with addition of vocals that reminds me nice (but mostly unknown) USA band "The Source".

3(-), because I don't feel so good about this. Of course, experimentations are good, but there should be limits. It's thin line between being pleasant to listen (melodic/brutal, depending on your taste) and total nonsense (OK, Monty Pythons are nonsensical, but they do it very well, hehe).

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars This album is so tricky! I don't know any other one which can be compared with 'Squeeze Me Ahead Of Line' in some way. As for that the band has opened a new chapter in the history of prog rock. Overstatement ...? I read some comments that they even don't agree about being prog ... it doesn't matter - this is only my personal point of view anyway. Can't remember how I came across - wasn't convinced at all when I listened to the album samples first. It sounded very unusual to me - but also kinda fascinating! Some time later I took a second chance and was astonished about something like a deja-vu effect. I could remember some catchy parts immediately and they later were meandering through my brain over and over in day-to-day life. Breakthrough - I was infected!

In the meanwhile 'Squeeze Me Ahead Of Line' belongs to my mostly frequented albums of the last months. It was produced by Markus Reuter who is known first of all because of his collaboration with Pat Mastelotto for the project TUNER. The band started with a strong nu-metal, hardcore and weirdo-funk orientation but evolved when integrating keyboard and diverse other stylistical elements. One of the album's most significant ingredients is the drummer's way-out nervous playing which often cares for a drum&base/nujazz feeling. When you are acquiring a taste for Simon Beyer's style nothing can stop a new friendship furthermore. And then there is Mathias Jähnig's falsetto voice where you're probably thinking of a female singer first.

No - you're not on the wrong party - this album is definetely rocking too. When writing on the review I tried to describe some of the songs for a few times - and failed! An irresistible pulsative sound with turns and breaks en masse blending weirdness and melody, the heaviness and trickiness of The Mars Volta, jazz rocking and psychedelic guitars, funky but also ambient interludes, keyboards and drums organizing the nujazz vibe ... THE SEASON STANDARD are even able to offer something like a ballad with Tisa - this time supported by Trey Gunn with his touch guitar. The songs A Seadog Grotesque and Super Push are representing my favourites - probably because they are the most accessible ones provided with a jazz rock similar style (in parts at least). No surprise for me if other reviewers are working out quite different impressions.

Interestingly enough I'm not getting tired listening to this spectacular album. I was torn between giving 'Squeeze Me Ahead Of Line' a masterpiece status or not. From a technical, stylistical and compositional point of view this is well deserved. On the other hand not every song meets my musical taste completely. And not to forget - hopefully this is not the last output of this band. They have so much potential. Keep it up! Recommended to everybody who is searching for a new musical challenge - 4.5 stars.

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