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Identity Crisis

by The Rhythm Pimps

Power-trio style; hard hitting, catchy, memorable, Rock with sprinklings of Funk and Punk Rock.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sound Check
1:20 album only
2. Miles Away From Nothing
3:18 album only
3. Achilles Heel
4:59 album only
4. The Ishmael Song
2:58 album only
5. Nothing to Prove
4:16 album only
6. Welcome to Hollywood
4:51 album only
7. Portal to Partytown
3:31 album only
8. Never Let You Go
3:36 album only
9. Evolutionarily Challenged
4:27 album only
10. B-side
2:33 album only
11. Monitored By Satellite
2:19 album only
12. Enthymeme
4:43 album only
13. Identity Crisis
1:08 album only
14. Chupacabras
3:51 album only


Album Notes
Eugene Scene

This power trio, dubbed ‘The Rhythm Pimps’ hail from Eugene, Oregon; a city known for its oddities and of course a thriving underground music scene. It was rated in the top 10 most thriving music college towns in the US by Rolling Stone. Other bands to have sprung forth out of Eugene are The Cherry Poppin\' Daddies, Floater and The Rock n Rock Soldiers to name a few. The Rhythm Pimps add another chip to the roster of rock that has sprung forth from this Hippy College town.

Identity Crisis

The Rhythm Pimps are promoting their new album, ‘Identity Crisis’. The majority of the tracks were originally going to be demos, but with the help of Justin Dodge (who just produced Marv-Ellis’ new album) they were able to remix the tracks a bit more professionally, also adding a few new songs to the mix, recorded at a friend’s studio in Veneta, Oregon.

The Drums for Identity Crisis were recorded in Drummer - Brian Kauffman’s basement in Eugene. Brian nailed most of the drum tracks in one take, if not two.

The guitar, bass and vocals were recorded at Anthony McCarthy’s work, after hours, when everyone had gone home for the day. “It was usually just me and the janitor. I was working at a local company that makes educational software and DVDs for at-risk youth. I was our sound engineer so I had access to the sound booth and my boss was actually cool with it.” McCarthy admits.

The tracks sat as demos for a year. “We talked about sending them out to radio stations and record labels but I think we got as far as ordering the manila padded envelopes” says McCarthy. The Rhythm Pimps recorded a few new tracks at ‘Rivacyd Records’ and decided to put a few of those together with the demos and release them as their new album. “We remixed the demos and that was that. Now it’s our next album and I’m really, really proud of it. It was definitely worth the wait.”

‘Identity Crisis’ is a follow up to The Rhythm Pimps’ first D.I.Y. album ‘Groundscore’ released in 2003. ‘Groundscore’ was a chronicling of TRP’s diverse song-writing capabilities, incorporating everything - funk, reggae, a little swing, punk, rock and metal and surf riffs. But in the grand scheme of it, it’s all pop. “Everything we write is poppy underneath whatever skin it’s in. There’s no escaping it. The songs are catchy and memorable and somehow maintain a uniqueness.”

\'Identity Crisis\' a little less scattered and with a new drummer, narrows in a bit more showing how The Rhythm Pimps have evolved to what their sound is for the moment; a mishmash of rock genres, keeping the funk and punk alive. TRP have been known to blend reggae and ska into their live sets but there is no ‘Easy Skankin’ on ‘Identity Crises”.


Formed in high school in 1999 and continuing on, three friends, guitarist Anthony McCarthy, bass player Mike Hoffman and original drummer Dustin Dybevik worked with Greg Riker (former Microsoft employee and Board of Directors for Mackie, Seattle WA.) to independently release their first album, ‘Groundscore’. Later McCarthy and Hoffman parted ways with Dybevik so he could go on to complete a degree in Media Art and Graphic Design from the U of O.
Former fan and friend of the band, hard hitting fill-in drummer Brian Kauffman soon became the permanent fixture for The RP’s. \"He was just what we needed. He came at a time when Mike and I were starting to explore and give birth to some heavier songs\" Anthony says. Former drummer, Dustin Dybevik does show up on the new album credited as the cover designer and graphic artist under Bloodtoe Media.

Forward Progress

The Rhythm Pimps have toured the Pacific Northwest. They’ve covered a lot of ground, playing Colleges, outdoor Summer Festivals, dirty Punk Rock bars and house parties. With such a diverse sound, their music crosses many boundaries and finds a nice niche wherever they play. The Rhythm Pimps have shared the stage with the likes of Fishbone, The Toasters, The Phenomenauts, Kristen Hersh and Tarrka just to name a few.


“The Rhythm Pimps – Eugene’s favorite party band” says Pabst Live and Local. The RP’s are planning to record even more material and see how well of a response the new CD creates, and they plan on hitting the road to tour and promote. The Rhythm Pimps are motivated, focused and committed to their craft which is and art form and also a business. As one writer from the Eugene Weekly puts it, “For this trio, exploration is the name of the game, and while pimpin\' ain\'t easy, these guys make it look pretty simple.”



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Vanessa Salvia

Rhythm What?
As a general rule, I tend to avoid things with “pimp” in the name. It’s the word’s connotations in society, you know? Pimpin’ out the hos, pimp my crib … ugh. So even though I knew my distaste wasn’t related to this musical use of the word, I couldn’t get behind a band with a name like The Rhythm Pimps. Until I actually listened to them.

I had to admit to myself that these guys are not what I expected, and though they’ve kept a low profile around town for a while, that’s about to change with the upcoming release of their new album, Identity Crisis, a followup to their first album, 2003’s Groundscore.

The album starts out with “Miles Away From Nothing,” with a bouncy guitar line that winds through a screen of distortion. Though the song’s about a young soldier getting shipped off, the anti-war pathos can’t conceal a hook that grabs your feet and compels them to move. A couple of tracks later, the ferocious ska-punk rhythms of “The Ishmael Song” come off much like Fishbone’s street poetry. And then they move right into “Nothing To Prove,” with its swirling bass line on top of an infectiously dirty and fuzzy guitar. Throughout the album, the Pimps run in the same genre-crossing marathon as Sublime, with the singer’s voice even taking on the same tone as Brad Nowell’s at times. The whole thing took me back to 1996, when I played the shit out of Sublime. I don’t mean to suggest that the Pimps are just a tribute band, but it’s unmistakable that they tread that same sexy rhythmic foundation of ska, punk and funk that the singer’s muscular street-tough vernacular only embellishes. So, guys, I changed my mind. Go ahead: Pimp my world.Vanessa Salvia

Maida Belove

Love It
I\'m crazy about the great harmonies. Great CD to work out to.

Serena Markstrom

Rhythm Pimps resurface with a harder edge to their sound
Considering it’s been almost five years since their last release, it’s hard to call this change of direction from the Rhythm Pimps an identity crisis.
But as the local band moves away from its swing and ska past and into rockier terrain, “Identity Crisis” is what they have chosen to call the new collection of songs.
The Pimps play a CD release show Saturday at the Oak Street Speakeasy, with the always musically diverse Unkle Nancy and his band, the Family Jewels, opening.
“Our sound is, for the moment, a mishmash of rock, styled with other genres keeping the funk and punk alive,” lead singer and songwriter Anthony McCarthy says in an e-mail.
Since their 2003 release “Groundscore,” the Pimps have gotten a new person to pump up the rhythm at shows. One-time fan Brian Kauffman is taking over the drumsticks full time.
Back when McCarthy still envisioned most of the songs that ended up on “Identity Crisis” as demos, Kauffman recorded the drum parts in one or two takes in his basement.
“Brian ... came at a time when (bass player) Mike (Hoffman) and I were starting to write some heavier, harder-¬hitting songs and straying away from the swingy, ska stuff,” McCarthy says. “I still love to play all that stuff, (but) I think if I was in a band that played just one style of music I’d get so bored.”
Hoffman and McCarthy recorded their parts after hours at a company that makes videos for at-risk youth. McCarthy worked there as a sound engineer, and his boss gave him the OK to work on his own project once everyone had gone home for the day.
The original trio that adopted the name the Rhythm Pimps in 1999, while they were still in high school, is two-thirds intact. Only drummer Dustin Dybevik has departed the band to finish college — and he still contributed graphic design work for the new project.
At some point, McCarthy decided the recordings they already had done had the makings of a full-length album project rather than just being demos. So he got some outside help to spruce them up.
The remixing touch of Justin Dodge, who produced the latest Marv Ellis project, “Dream Catcher Juice,” gave the tracks a more professional sound, McCarthy said.
The band recorded a few more songs at a Veneta studio and ended up with “Identity Crisis,” a batch of songs McCar¬thy considers catchy and memorable.