The call and recall of the original Velvet Underground sound continues, unabated. A problem? Definitely not, as any new band and artists that draws inspiration from such seminal artists deserves commendation, particularly if they add some sense of originality, add one or a few other elements to that sound, or simply use the original Velvet Underground’s sound as a springboard.
Charm School is a new project of Andrew Sellers (aka Andrew Rinehart) and his cohorts, and yes, they use the original sound as a springboard, but add a dose of heaviness in the guitar and rhythm section to beef it up. Somewhat a departure from Sellers’ previous sound which was more folk-oriented, but he obviously can be a musical chameleon, as can his recent collaborator Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
So, how does Lou Reed’s suit fit him? Quite well, thank you, as after all, it is not one and the same suit, but one where Sellers added some other musical shapes and forms that fit well here.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: CHARM SCHOOL – FINITE JEST