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Yerkish

A combination EP and video, Quality! is something you wouldn't play in your car unless you had a DVD player. "Jovian," the first video, starts off like a late-'90s party-band video, but as the song goes on, it's clear that it's about the ways in which we ritualize and rationalize fitting in with the expectations of others, be it at work or while socializing. "Nvurlture" shows the band in some kind of cage while angry lyrics are thrown about, encircling rhythms with images of fire as a symbol of a rebellious spirit. The title track is clearly a stab at the empty gestures of cartoonish patriotism rampant in America of late and the way it erodes our country from within. Intelligent and thoughtful, Yerkish offers food for thought and not pathetic slogans.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.