Exposé Online banner

Rattlemouth — Walking a Full Moon Dog
(Cuneiform Rune 81, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

Walking a Full Moon Dog Cover art

The Rattlemouth recipe: Take elements of European and Middle Eastern folk music, neo-classical, jazz, rock and a lot more, mix 'em all up, and play them back with an agressive four-piece lineup featuring guitars, bass, drums, and saxes. Needless to say, their music is extremely contagious, very defined and melodic, but still has that angular and slightly abrasive guitar-driven edge. Their compositions incorporate many of the same elements as East-European bands like Solaris: powerful melodies and counterpoint, solid rhythms, and rapid changes, yet rather than filtering it through lush symphonics, they give it a more tactical and direct treatment that could probably best be described as art-punk. When the vocals (featured only on about a quarter of the tracks) come in, one might be reminded (a little) of David Byrne (Talking Heads) or Devo with an attitude. Both Rebby Sharp (guitars, vocals) and Danny Finney (sax, vocals) were formerly members of the Orthotonics, a Richmond, Va. based band whose two albums are highly regarded. Any way you look at it, Walking a Full Moon Dog is fresh and exciting music that smokes, rocks loud and drives hard. An outstanding first release that is vying for a reservation on my best-of-1996 list.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Rattlemouth

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Black Noodle Project - And Life Goes On... – I’m not above enjoying a good clone band. I quite enjoy a lot of them. And Black Noodle Project may not necessarily be a complete Pink Floyd clone, but in the world of clonedom, some of these songs...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues