Bands have personnel changes and evolving sound. It’s the nature of the biz. Let’s get the personnel matter out of the way for Libra’s Rib. Pictured are core members Cody Coe, Ian Turner, and Bobby Nowak, with Jason Krohmer, who appeared on their first album “BANDWIDTH” (Prime Rib Records, 1998). The 2003 release, “FEELING STRANGE” (Prime Rib Records) found the band sans Krohmer, but included Chris Peterson, Vaughn Heilman, and the band’s new bassist, Dave Ray. Okay, I think that’s it. But what about the music? If you’re looking for a hard evolution or maturation from one album to the other, you won’t easily find it. Instead, you’ll find that the core elements of the writing have always been in place with Coe and Turner splitting most of those duties. While there’s an elevated use of harmony blends on the new album, they’ve always been a part of the band’s persona. Fabulous use of acoustic instruments layered with an alternative-rock rhythm line make the majority of the performances a cutting-edge indication of things to come. Some of the tracks are obviously done for artistic value, and they seem to be some of the more interesting tracks. “Why We Said Goodbye” seems to be an experiment that worked. “Reefer Madness” has the makings of an anthem for Rib fans, as I’m certain this is one of their more popular live tunes. For production value, I give these guys a ‘ten’ all the way. Both albums are of EP length, but well worth the purchase. Five years between releases was a shame. Another five years would be a crime. Have a listen to one of my new favorite Austin bands. Get the discs today. Get both and save on shipping!
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