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Elephant Parts

by Hoover's G-String

Fun-loving indie rock, with all the guitars you can squeeze onto a 1-inch tape. Produced by Don Coffey, Jr. of Superdrag in Knoxville, TN.
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1. Elephant Parts
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2. Go Back to Texas
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3. A Summer of Monster
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4. Sand Road Blues
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5. Sinking
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6. Drink To That
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7. I'm On Fire
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8. A Shiny Red Guitar for a Girl in San Diego
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9. Sweden
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10. Catholic School Boy
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11. Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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12. Got Balls
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Album Notes
Rock n roll without computers!

Looking for an old-school recording on their 3rd full-length, Hoover's G-String packed up the van and headed to Knoxville, TN to work with Superdrag drummer and engineer extraordinaire Don Coffey, Jr. "We wanted to just plug in and roll tape, and hopefully capture the guitar sounds and energy of the band like we play live," says bassist/guitarist Jim Reinholz. "No computers or click tracks or any of that stuff-just an old-school 'crank it up and mess with the amps until you get the right sound' kinda recording."

After two well received full-lengths and an EP already under their belt, Hoover's G-String has messed with a lot of amps. With the release of full-length number 3 ELEPHANT PARTS, the band enjoys a level of underground acclaim that has seen their music spread from college radio charts and MTV show soundtracks to cover band playlists in England and Ireland. Although the Washington, DC trio still enjoys toiling in relative obscurity and maintains their always self-deprecating sense of humor, drummer and former male model Bill Gatter says he welcomes the recent increase in popularity. "I was pretty sick of being recognized as the guy from the Calvin Klein commercials. It was getting old. So it's pretty gratifying now when somebody actually knows about Hoover's G-String and can complement me on my drumming instead of my torso posing."

True to form, ELEPHANT PARTS extends the band's walk on the wobbly line of a beer-swilling trio with a love for instrumentals, poppy two-minute songs and the tight arrangements that make them a great live band. Songwriter Jeff Reinholz continues his lyrical tradition of skewering wannabe rock stars and taking not-so-subtle stabs at the political establishment. The song "Go Back To Texas" is an obvious plea to DC's most famous resident, while "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a straightforward slap at the hypocritical military policy that allows gay American soldiers to cruise the streets of Baghdad in poorly armored vehicles.....as long as they don't admit to being gay.

But make no mistake, cold beer, loud guitars and driving drums are much more important to this band than the politics DC is so famous for. Recorded in the wee hours of several long weekends in Knoxville and fueled by an endless supply of Budweiser and cold pizza, ELEPHANT PARTS delivers an honest, no frills rock n roll record that recalls the hard-drinking days of the Replacements. "We all loved the sounds on the Superdrag records," says Gatter. "But the real reason we wanted to work with Don was his ability to hang with our heavy drinking and questionable hygiene in the studio-the two keys to making a good record."

With guest appearances by Knoxville musicians Mic Harrison (Superdrag, V-Roys) and Tim Lee (Windbreakers) adding some nice touches to the lineup, ELEPHANT PARTS is a must-have album for fans of indie rock and power pop.

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jolene

awesome
Solid all the way through...I was even able to DJ some tracks at an indie night I spin at a goth/industrial club. Very impressive. Sme patrons even recognized the songs from their performances in local clubs.
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PJ

Hell Yeah!
Having thoroughly appreciated the splendid works of Superdrag over their all-too-short career, I was excited to read that Don Coffey, Jr. was now in the recording studio biz. I've checked out a few of the projects Don has produced and they are all pretty good. It seems like most of the bands are Tenessee locals, and some of them are particularly good. But this record is the standout. You can almost hear the Don Coffey, Jr. drum influence on some of the tracks like Summer of Monster and the incredibly catchy cover of Springsteen's I'm on Fire. Not being one for covers I was freaked out at the start of the song but quickly realized it was "going somewhere" and when the drums kicked in I was screaming "HELL YEAH!!!" to myself. That is exactly what rock is supposed to be--FUN FUN FUN!

This album is full of interesting indie rock blemishes and sometimes over-playing, but there's also some truly unique touches that make you remember what indie rock is, was, and should be all about. If you don't understand what I mean, listen to the song Drink To That--great, simple but powerful lyric; sincere and not whiny singing; and a guitar mix that uses acoustic and electric rhytms and an oh-so-cool lead part to perfection. Like Greenday's 'Time of Your Life' this song sets itself apart on the record and makes you realize the band could do an album any which way they wanted.

Which brings me back, finally, to Superdrag. This is not the slickest of albums like Superdrag's classics 'Regretfully Yours' and 'Head Trip in Every Key.' But if you know early Guided By Voices and marry it with the drive and passion of the best of Superdrag's upbeat numbers, then you have a recipe for making Elephant Parts. A really great album by a band that will hopefully work with Don Coffey again.
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Kevan Breitinger

"The antithesis of pretentiousness."
The goal was to “plug in and roll tape.” Working with producer Don Coffey in Knoxville, Tennessee, the guys wanted to capture the sound and energy of their live act. Numerous kegs later, mission accomplished, yeah, baby. Well worth the trip.

Rock ‘n roll and lots of Budweiser. On this, their third full-length, Hoover’s G-string is fresh and funny. If you think I’m kidding, check out their promo material: the J. Edgar Hoover stickers, pretty in g-string and heels, though a bit hairy for my taste. Their straight up rock sound bears the same tongue-in-cheek feel, from the less-than-loving Bush tribute, “Go Back to Texas," to the sly “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” mocking the military’s willful ignorance policy.

Lots of short, catchy tunes, very catchy actually. The antithesis of pretentiousness, they sound like a hard-workin’ bar band. Songwriter Jeff Reinholz brings a pop sensibility, but I mean it in the nicest way. These arrangements are tight and guitar-driven, and drummer Bill Gatter burns. Even when they’re not full throttle rockin’, the threat is always there.

After listening to just a few cuts, I was thinking Springsteen. Jeff Reinholz sounds a bit like him, absent some of the raw power, so track number seven, his “I’m on Fire," was no surprise; a good cranked-up cover. But I was already sold. The instrumental “Sand Road Blues” and hard-driving “Sinking” had won me over with their slow burn changes. There’s a lot to like here, even without J. Edgar in pumps.
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essembee

Rock the way it was meant to be
With all the plain vanilla pre-programmed corporate crap out there these days, it is refreshing to find a band that knows was rock is all about. No frills, no test-marketed hooks, just solid, satisfying, guitar-driven rock and songs that will run through your head for days.
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pistol-whipped

F--F--F--ing Fantatstic!
Why aren't these guys on MTV and a major label? This is the best album I bought in 05.
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emily watkinson

top 10 album of the year
I love this record! it's the perfect concoction for an indie rock partying good time. the lyrics are fantastic-I think I will marry the singer.
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emily watkinson

top 10 album of the year
I love this record! it's the perfect concoction for an indie rock partying good time. the lyrics are fantastic-I think I will marry the singer.
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