EDD's broad-shouldered bashing gets more and more elegant with each passing release. The new El Moodio, the group's first album with Wink O'Bannon serving as Rick Rizzo's partner in guitar crime, further finesses the sound into a cacophonous, ringing exemplar of slashing rock 'n' roll, midwestern division. The band's now playing with enormous authority: I sneered at the first few "Cortez the Killer"-ish bars of "Rubberband" but sat up straight at the Ferocious Rizzo 'n' O'Bannon guitar-cum-scud battled that ensued soon after. The compelling "Honeyslide" deserves every moment of its eight minutes plus, and if you don't absolutely thrill to the up-close-and-personal guitar frisking on "Makin' Like a Rug" you're just (as Ian Anderson might say) too oh-oh-oh-oh-old for rock 'n' ro-oh-oll. The dynamics between singers Rizzo and singer-drummer Janet Beveridge Bean go up and down: For me, their voices on "Figure It Out" don't intertwine satisfactorily. But amidst the recorded clarity of "After This Time Is Gone" Rizzo's unrepentant flatness and Bean's pure southern twang ring together with a purity reminiscent of Richard and Linda Thompson. Yowza. Red Red Meat open. Saturday, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/John Bentham.