Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Uncalled Four - s/t ep (1990, El Goodo)

Well, when I did a query on these folks I brought up references to a current act named The Uncalled Four that are unrelated to this one, as well as another combo of the same moniker from the '60s...but alas, nothing relevant to the nearly three decade past Oakland quartet this entry concerns.  I suppose you could usher these fellows in the collegiate power-pop neighborhood (with one of those contingents being more applicable than the other depending on the song).  For the first couple of tunes, the Miracle Legion might be a loose reference point, and the guitars even resemble the Smithereens here and there.  "Set Me Straight" is way more potent, sparking a vibrant flurry of bash 'n pop power chords.  Things conclude on a curious note with the 88-second "Deleted" that juxtapositions from an acoustic ballad to something startlingly more combustible.

01. Bodie
02. Butterfly
03. Set Me Straight
04. Another Half Pint
05. Deleted



George Leroy Tirebiter said...

The cover is an homage to the 1978 Gang of Four "Damaged Goods" EP picture sleeve, and of course not at all related to Uncalled Four's music, which sounds just like you described it. Cheers!

spavid said...

Knew it looked familiar, but wasn't the Gang of Four record sleeve yellow?

George Leroy Tirebiter said...

A shade of red: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stillunusual/23250352275/

spavid said...

I see what you mean! Thanks.

Failsafe said...

that's a clever band name