Drums & Tuba isn’t really a duo at all considering that guitarist Neal McKeeby sits in on every track. Nevertheless, you don’t run across a lineup of guitar, drums and tuba everyday. To its credit, the band doesn’t exploit the novelty instrumentation for cheap effect, though it would have been easy to do. Instead, they bury what could have been a unique group sound under layers of processing and studio effects-spacey organ sounds, electro-bleeps, reverb-and trot through lightweight tunes. Most of this music could have been made with a halfway decent drummer and a bank of synthesizers.
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