Fire Drill Album Review: Tim Presley’s second side project of the year, W-X, follows closely on the heels of his DRINKS project from a few months ago. And much like DRINKS, W-X has its moments, but overall left me feeling disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high, but after 15 intense listens I can say without a doubt that 5 or 6 bare bones songs hidden amidst a collection of sonic whack-offs is not what I consider a good time. This reminds me of The Apples in Stereo’s Her Wallpaper Reverie in that regard, another “experimental” release that was a handful of really good songs, surrounded by “trippy” sound collages. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t “throw the cd out of the moving car window” bad (I’m looking at you Grimes), but it’s not something I will ever listen to again now that this review is written. I realize this is pretty harsh, but I’m a fan of the guy. Speaking from one fan to another, I caution you to maybe listen to some of this first before you take the plunge. Hopefully you get more out of your listening experience than I did!
Castle Face Records
– Reviewed by Kevin Poindexter