THE FREAK ACCIDENT
CD - $12.00
For the past two decades the influential, kinetic punk of Victim's Family and its offshoots Saturn's Flea Collar and The Hellworms has been synonymous with Alternative Tentacles Records- with eight prior releases altogether.
Now Ralph Spight brings his latest offering, The Freak Accident, to Alternative Tentacles, a continuation of the Victim's Family style of mashing disparate genres like punk, funk, noise and pop into a coherent and rockin' style all their own. On its self-titled debut The Freak Accident expand outward from where Victim's Family left off, recording with diverse musicians from groups like the Broun Fellinis, The Sick and P-Funk! Everything from pop-punk - "Ex-Wife" & Chinese Phrasebook" - to latin-surf - "Free To Be Freaks" - and instruments ranging from the usual guitars and percussion to piano, theremin, bongos, sousaphone and even ice skating rink organ.
The Freak Accident will not only please fans of Victim's Family, but will appeal to an ever wider spectrum of music lovers.
"Apt name for project and title, since it really is a rather odd pop diversion for a man who devoted twenty years to relentless punk rock. Ralph Spight steps away from the Victim's Family trappings and explores diverse musical waters like he's been graced by a lifetime supply of colourful floaties. That is, with childlike relish. There's a bit of Tom Waits adulation going on, with the little goatee, the megaphone and the carnival style pacing, but Spight's delivery is quite audible and at times, cheery enough to produce a good time vibe."
- John Sekerka @ Cosmik.com
"The new project from singer/songwriter/provocateur Ralph Spight, formerly head of the long-running art punks Victim's Family, is a bit of a surprise from the first track on. Said opener, "Ex-Wife," is by some distance the poppiest song Spight has ever been a part of, a downright catchy slice of fuzzed-guitar power pop that wouldn't sound out of place on a Guided By Voices album. From there, Spight and an ever-changing cast of backing musicians run the gamut from piano-based singer/songwriter territory ("You're the Reason," which later reappears as a punky pop rave-up) to Jonathan Richman-meets-LMNOP faux naif (the charmingly bilious "Spring Fever") to tongue-in-cheek hard rock ("Never Going Back to Petaluma"). None of it should be taken very seriously, but the eclecticism and general sense of relaxed fun make The Freak Accident one of Spight's most enjoyable albums."
~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide