Cues taken from British New Wave and US No Wave are melded together with some Chicago post-punk to a devasting effect. And they sure are cute.
Taking cues for the ideals expressed in British New Wave bands like the Birthday Party and Bauhaus combined, with the haunting allure of New York's late '70s/early '80s No Wave scene, the 90 Day Men began as a project in 1995. Committing these musically entranced boys from St. Louis to the task of writing six songs in eleven days, the 90 Day Men began to harness their outlet for personal, social and romantic expression.
Upon relocating to Chicago and several 7"/single releases later, they teamed up with Southern Records, Inc. to release their first long-player, "(It (Is) It) Critical Band" was released September 25, 2000.
Sometimes a band rises from the earth as if it had been smoldering in the formative magma of the earth's core for years; unrelated and seemingly oblivious to any musical trend, yet rising with an immediate and darkly foreign impact. 90 Day Men is such a band and "To Everybody" is such a record. Phantoms above the rocky forms of previous releases, "To Everybody"'s unmistakable blend of harmonized and sung/slurred vocals animated hollow body guitar tracks, dramatically sublime electric and natural piano movements built around a darkly textured and enthralling rhythm section, is sure to bring the band to a new surface of exposure and experience exemplifying the sound of a band coming into its own.
"To Everybody" is the group's second album proper, following 2000's "(It (is) It) Critical Band" released on the Chicago/ London based Southern Records family. "To Everybody" is the first 90 Day Men album to feature keyboard/piano player Andy Lansangan on every track, bringing forth bold and beautiful natural piano sounds as well as clever and imaginative electric piano overdubs.