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Grampall Jookabox

Ropechain (Asthmatic Kitty)

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., Nov. 7, 2008

Fun Fun Fun Fest Reviews: Saturday

Grampall Jookabox

Ropechain (Asthmatic Kitty)

Stitching together TV on the Radio with Mary Shelley's finest, Grampall Jookabox's mad science runs on the same elemental energy propelling the Brooklyn experimentalists through the depths of post-rock, hip-hop percussion. Dr. Frankenstein's lab becomes a dingy Indianapolis basement, the site of Ropechain's awakening, where the "Ghost" is exorcised and "The One Thing" screams. Jookabox's one-man band is a-banging, clamoring schizophrenic from the very depths of depression ("Strike Me Down"). Scatting over one-four changes and industrial guitar haunts, "Let's Go Mad Together" howls propaganda for the dark side, squaring itself opposite the uplifting cleansing of "I Will Save Young Michael." Damned if you do, damned if you don't. (1pm, Stage 2.)

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