CD Review: Australian Sydney Press
Not only is "The Drywall Incident" a great collection of wonderfully twisted songs that represents a sick homage to Los Angeles, it's easily the most experimental, unusual and therefore, most Wall Of Voodoo-like album Stan Ridgway has done since going solo in early 1986.
Which isn't to say that it's some kind of cheap rip-off of his earlier work, but rather, to suggest that those who have always appreciated the more outlandish side of Ridgway - in and out of Wall Of Voodoo - will definitely be interested in this two CD set. The sound is superb!
The Drywall Project Double CD:
A whole lotta dirty, city gone mad, baby gone bad, filthy geetar-electronic blues! James Ellroy is listening!
The second installment in the "trilogy of apocalyptic documents" signals a radical departure in sound, miles away from the vividly tuneful and playful compositions of solo Ridgway and if anything, a return to the nightmarish tones of Wall of Voodoo and beyond. "The Drywall Incident" is a doulble CD that contains the soundtrack to the rare and famous film by director Carlos Grasso and Drywall.
The album rolls around gleefully in the wreckage and detritus of an increasingly insane American society; a place where 18 - wheelers hurtle down interstates strewn with the corpses of dead animals, where exclusive clubs cater for every perversion known to man , where grand theft auto is euphemistically justified as "takin' back America." An intense and fiery listen and a measure of both its excitingly improvised random feel and its disorienting, willfully unpolished and impure nature.
Travel with Wall Of Voodoo singer/ solo artist Stan Ridgway's " mad, apocalyptic, electro-noise combo project" DRYWALL, through a Los Angeles riot-time nightmare. A Double CD dose of fuzz, fury and frustration. Stories of crime and corruption. James Ellroy probably has a copy allready...
Stan Ridgway: vocals, guitar and theater organ
Pietra Wexstun: Keyboards, electronics and theramin
Ivan Knight: drums, surfing tips and comicbook burning
Bill Noland: producing, prodding and drinks on the house
Jim Hill: sonic plastering, fits of sonic anger
CD Review: Australian Sydney Press
Not only is "The Drywall Incident" a great collection of wonderfully twisted songs that represents a sick homage to Los Angeles,it's easily the most experimental, unusual and therefore, most Wall Of Voodoo-like album Stan Ridgway has done since going solo in early 1986. Which isn't to say that it's some kind of cheap rip-off of his earlier work, but rather, to suggest that those who have always appreciated the more outlandish side of Ridgway - in and out of Wall Of Voodoo - will definitely be interested in this two CD set.
Some know him just as the long lost singer with the great Wall Of Voodoo, others as one of the great unsung maverick geniuses of our time. MELODY MAKER
For Stan Ridgway life is like an old detective movie, full of furtive con men and tough dames who hide their daily crimes in the gray mist of the city. This is mature music, short on sentimentality, long on imagination and style. PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Stan Ridgway has a cast of thousands at his fingertips, and a wealth of tales in his head. A rare and famous talent. Not part of any club or click, just a maverick in his own right. LONDON MIDWEEK
Stan Ridgway is one of the most unique and talented songwriters around. RECORD MIRROR
Haunted by America's pulp serial past, Stan Ridgway has become his own wireless theater. THE FACE
Stan Ridgway is equal parts Raymond Chandler and John Huston, Johnny Cash and Rod Serling. NME
Filtered through his sardonically insightful wit, these stories become engaging not only for the details he includes, but the ones he chooses not to expose as well. THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Stan Ridgway tells stories from the underside of America. It's the dream gone sour; the dream that never even took root. Tales of losers who battle on and play the game their own way, with a glamour-less beauty and a bath of realism...slices of lives that knew the rules have been drawn up 'someplace else'; characters that have to bluff to get by. FOLLOW MUSIC AUSTRALIA
An effective blend of Johnny Cash's morbidity, Bob Dylan's absurdist humour and Jim Thomspon"s bleak outlook, Black Diamond ought to earn Ridgway some new fans. OPTION
I wrote him this letter once, but I never sent it to him. He is a very American kind of songwriter, and he writes from the point of view of a detective or a person passing through town. People need to know about him. He is a brilliant writer. SUZANNE VEGA in HEAR MUSIC
Fast moving novellas full of dense musical imagery, peopled with characters from a human highway 61 revisited. THE FACE
More noises from America's lost frontier. His songs tell stories that unfold gradually and trade in old fashioned narrative devices like character and suspense. It's a move at once conservative and daring - but, best of all, it works. ROLLING STONE
Stan Ridgway is the Nathaniel West of rock. LA WEEKLY
Ridgway has the talent to hold your attention by telling a tale in the same intense and clear way that rockers like Neil Young and Lou Reed do. A cool Californian commentator with a sense of humor to match his sense of history. Q MAGAZINE
Ridgway's tales of the sad, soft underbelly of the American Dream are songs of hope petering into resignation, of idealism soured into cynicism; he's a very adult writer operating in an arena more usually home to the naive and infantile. THE INDEPENDENTS
In fact he's an ingenious writer with a grip on low - life imagery that hearkens back to that of Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht.. If a moden American counterpart to Bertol Brecht's collaborations with Kurt Wiel exits, it's the music of Stan Ridgway. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
If David Lynch were a musician, he would be Stan Ridgway. Both look at Leave It To Beaver America and see serial killers lurking beneath its porches. Both can infuse a simple everyday object with weirdness and dread, creating A world that;'s consistently disturbing, facinating and cool.
Its possible that Ridgway's change of stance reflects a more serious attitude toward his music. Ridgway isn't just a wise guy anymore. L.A .TIMES
Check out the artist's website:
1. Back Towards Diamond Bar
2. Police Call
3. New Blue Mercedes
4. Bel Air Blues
5. Hell in a Handbasket
6. Highway Song
7. Mr. Smith
8. Time Wave Zero
9. Old Bent Coin
10. My Exclusive Sex Club
11. Triangle Head
12. Big American Problem
13. Blue Fog
14. Confusion at the Alibi Room
15. Violence and Murder
16. The Drywall Incident
17. Flight to earth
18. Riot in Dogtown
19. Wexstun Burns the Money
20. Downtown Doorbell
21. Ivan's Walk for Food
22. Ridgway Trouble
23. The Head of Jackie T. Lazar
24. Pinkerton Weeps for Dummy
25. SR Talks Gun Control
26. Questions Then?
27. Drywall is God
28. The Visitors Are Here
29. A Pencil for Jacobi
30. Grasso Gets Fired
31. Drywall Incident Demo