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Thomas Function



CITY: Alabama
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CITY: Huntsville
SONGS THAT GOT US: “Can’t Say No,” “Peanut Butter and Paranoia Jam" 
DOWNLOAD: "Belly of the Beast [mp3]"
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RECORD LABELS: Fat Possum, Alive

WHY THEM? For those wondering whether the much-adored Nuggets compilation ever penetrated the borders of Alabama, Thomas Function offers evidence of a resounding “yes.” The joyous frat-rock of “Can’t Say No” is kicked off by a meaty bass riff and buoyed by a loopy, almost church-y organ. Toss in Josh Macero’s frenetic falsetto and the Ritalin-addled gang-backing vocals, and you’ve got a contemporary take on the Kingsmen channeled through (oddly enough) mid-’70s television. As infectious as swine flu.

BONUS BIT! On its MySpace page, the band describes their sound as "Jeff Lynne drinking Jimson weed milkshakes."

_PHOENIX STAFF


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