SEB AND THE RHAA DICKS: Pop Apocalyptique: CD

My typical routine for reviewing records includes one listen with no research while I dig into an album’s liner notes, inserts, and artwork. On first spin I truly thought this record was a split with two bands from France. Well, I got one part of that right. This actually is a one man band whose musical stylings are all over the map. Seb plays guitar sitting down while playing a keyboard with one foot and a drum with the other. He sings in English and French. He kicks out raucous and raw punk songs then flips right into mellow acoustic jams. Had I not turned to the internet for more information about him, I’d have sworn there were several other people involved in making this record. There’s just so much going on in these eighteen tracks. Obviously, there are some songs that he plays a full drum kit instead of just a kick pedal on a bass drum or cymbal, but I’m certain he’s a marvel to see live. Dude even does his own backing vocals. I have a natural urge to compare him to Atom And His Package, especially with the keyboard work, but he’s so much more than having a sequencer and a guitar. “Un Peu de Cold” is one of my favorite tracks as it’s incredibly dancey and catchy. Though I’m curious about his fixation on Red Hot Chili Peppers—as he both samples “Suck My Kiss” and has a song titled “Anthony Kiedis”—this record is like a kid’s birthday party and sweaty basement show all in one. If you like to get weird, get this. –Kayla Greet (Gabu, Joe Cool, Rock’n’Roll Masturbation)