Outer space has always
been an enigma. It seems empty, endless, and full of possibilities. Thus, we've had movies, television shows, books, plays,
songs, albums, and even whole bands dedicated to outer space (Brave Saint Saturn). Crazy, isn't it?
You can add The Detholz! to that list of bands obsessed with space. Their debut album, titled "Who are the Detholz?!",
is actually a concept album about Mars. Yes, Mars. But then again, when you consider that the band has two keyboardists among
its musicians, it should start to become more clear why their album is about space- they have all the capabilities to make
it sound like it dropped right out of orbit. Yes, the Detholz! play wacked out space rock that throws in influences of glam,
Queen, They Might Be Giants, and Radiohead. And we're just getting started on the weirdness.
The lead track of this dirty dozen showcases a cascading, twisted little riff tapped out on bells amidst a solid guitar
backdrop, electric organ/synth squeals, and odd chords formed by the second guitar. The vocals are unique to the Detholz-
a mix between Freddie Mercury, TMBG, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, and a normal singer. Whether barking, yelling, or moaning, the
singer exudes enough suave coolness to keep you coming back for more. Put all those characteristics together and you get "Mr.
Electricity", which is a pretty average wacked-out space rock song until they throw in a breakdown remininscent of the one
in "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead- a massive wall of guitar out of nowhere. That changes the song to....something else unidentifiable.
"Army of Mars" starts out with tinkly music-box sounds coming out of your speakers-before they segue into a smashing
rock chorus. Later on in the song, the feature a fight section: pitting 5 seconds of music-box against 5 seconds of ruthless
guitar slamming- multiple times. That's the type of chaos that The Detholz! propagate. Is it awesome? You bet your bottom
dollar it is.