The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 26, 1991, Page 20, Image 20

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and September 4, 1991
No late registrations or drop/adds will be processed on
Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, September 3.
Location: Nebraska Union
Second Floor, Centennial Room
City Campus
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Office of Registration and Records
Wednesday Night
• Dance to reggae 9 pm-1 am
• Bring your favorite CD
• Drink specials nightly
Thursday Night
• Jam Session (open stage)
• $1 Miller Genuine Draft
• No cover
• New musicians welcome
(bring your instrument)
Dan Reed Network, Thunder albums
full of rock add roll heat and drama
“The Heat”
Dan Reed Network
Polygram Records
Just when you thought the tem
peratures were beginning to cool off,
the Dan Reed Network turns up the
heat. And “The Heat” is hot.
This mix of rock and roll, funky
bass riffs, politics and sex is the third
release from the Portland-based group.
The Dan Reed Network uses this
album as a medium to voice its views
on such things as war and oppression.
But that is not to say that the more
frivolous things in life have escaped
notice. The romanticism of sex is still
as much a part of this album as any
other DRN work.
The first track, “Baby Now I,” is
simply a solid rock tune with no heavy
messages to drag it down. Guitarist
Brion James gets to showcase some
of his talent here as well.
“Blame It on the Moon” is pure
funk that tells a tale of a young girl
who believes the lies of a young man.
“Six weeks later she got the news/
The child was carrying a child/ Gave
her momma the blues.”
Adding to the political message of
“Mix It Up” is the beginning quote
from President Bush, “Aggression is
defeated, the war is over.”
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This medium-paced song delivers
a strong message about violence and
getting along with our fellow man.
That we can do and think what we
want, as long as we allow others to do
the same, is the theme of “Mix It Up.”
The best rock and roll tune on this
work is “Love Don’t Work That Way.”
Its hard beat and risky lyrics make a
person want to dance. This song pulses
with energy.
The seventh track is a re-make of
Pink Floyd’s “Money.”
DRN stays fairly true to the origi
nal. The main difference is that bas
sist Melvin Brannon II has made the
bass line a bit more prominent.
A letter from a fan inspired Reed
to write “Life Is Sex.” This song is a
rock anthem for lovers. “Life is sex
and sex is sin/ Come on baby/ Let’s
begin.” Even the rhythm screams sex.
“Thy Will Be Done” is a funky
tune that makes a strong political
statement about racism, aggression
and making love instead of money.
The smooth chorus makes this song
one of those that seem to get stuck in
a person’s mind.
“Long Way to Go” is the last track.
It is also the only ballad on the album.
The use of accoustic guitar and piano
is a welcome change from the electric
jams of the other songs. This tune is
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about the uncertainty of the future
between two lovers.
Dan Reed Network has put forth a
great album in this one-hour-plus effort.
It has all the elements of strong rock
and roll. The live show is also well
worth seeing, as Dan Reed puts in
credible amounts of energy into per
— Shannon Uehling
“Burning Ditches”
Such Sweet Thunder
Independent Release
"/ was with Hercules and Cadmus
once, when in a wood of Crete they
bay'd the bear with hounds of Sparta:
never did I musical a dis
chord, such sweet thunder."
—"A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
William Shakespeare.
Not many people would compare
Such Sweet Thunder’s music to the
baying of the hounds of Sparta, but it
possesses all the energy of dogs in a
Since its inception in early 1988,
Such Sweet Thunder, from Kearney,
has released five albums including its
second professionally engineered
album, “Burning Ditches.”
This is no garage band basement
tape. Recorded and engineered in
Kansas City, it has the sound quality
of any big label release and more
drama and energy than much of to
day’s corporate rock.
The album takes off with a rush of
energy on the first song, “Bodybag.”
Drummer Sven Decpe sets the fast
and steady pace as bassist Steve Streit
and guitarist Dan Ostdiek ride a hard
edge. Soulful vocalist Scou Roth tick
les the senses with his spine-tingling
screams and whispers.
On the softer side, “Ballad of KH”
brags delicate arpeggios with a solid,
uplifting beat.
The drama continues throughout
the album with “Bigger Than Life”
featuring a tasty bass solo, the straighi
from-the-heart “Song for Spike Lee,”
and the almost Iron Maiden-ish “Black
The energy overflows with the last
offering, “Give and Take.” After a
soft intro, the guitar rips into a fast
bluesy riff and is soon joined by a
throbbing rhythm section. Whirlwind
drum fills and a suspenseful drum
break cap off a great song and an even
better album.
Such Sweet Thunder could be
characterized as a mix of early REM
ish melodies over the base of a pow
erful Rush/Iron Maiden rhythm sec
“Potent” is the word guitarist Dan
Ostdiek uses to describe the mix of
“When we got together, Scott
(vocalist) and I were into melodic
stuff like 10,000 Maniacs. Doran
(former bassist) and Sven were into
heavy stuff like Iron Maiden,” says
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ing styles has affected playing styles.
“Scott screams a lot more now and
I’m starling to use some heavy metal
techniques in my playing.” Osldick
also attributes the band’s increasing
success to better songwriting.
Such Sweet Thunder plays power
ful, ballsy music without falling into
heavy metal hell. They also manage
to play softer, slower songs without th
tissue-grabbing cheese that predomi
nates most ballads.
Such Sweet Thunder masters these
techniques on “Burning Ditches” which
is more than most bands boasting
labels can do. The band also plays
with such drama even Shakespeare
would be proud.
— Jeff Knoedler
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