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Title - 'Spilt Milk'
Artist - The Last Ditches

Could there be two more disparate musical genres than Punk and Prog Metal? And, could those oil and water categories ever mix? The answer is to be found, in spades, here within the band known as The Last Ditches, where a well respected Prog Metal rhythm section meets 'Real Deal' CBGB/Max's Kansas City guitars and singing.

The Last Ditches sprang into being thanks to the animal cunning and persistence of Funk Metal bassist extraordinaire and studio owner, Randy Pratt. Randy had a deep conviction that he, along with actual no-kidding punk legend, New York's Heartbreakers' Walter Lure, The Planets' long time guitarist, Binky Philips, and another genuine music icon, Rainbow and Black Sabbath's Master Prog Metal drummer, Bobby Rondinelli, would make an amazing sound together; a blending of two rock styles that usually want nothing to do with each other. It took over four years to prove his point, but, Randy was oh, so right.

Eight of the thirteen songs recorded were written by Walter and Binky and Randy, expressly for this incredible, vibrant Spilt Milk album. The remaining five cuts are from untapped back catalog. Trust me when I say you have never heard anything quite like this. Each track is a building process on the previous one, culminating on the thirteenth track - where the storytelling that came before, rounds out in epic style.

1. 'Excuse Me'
2. 'That's What We Do'
3. 'Where Am I?'
4. 'So-So-So'
5. 'Itchin' For A Fight'
6. 'I Wanna Be Loved'
7. 'Monkey On My Back'
8. 'I Made A Mess'
9. 'I Get That A Lot'
10. 'N-O Spells No'
11. 'A Thing About You'
12. 'Kiss This'
13. 'Throw The Dog A Bone'

Amazingly, listening to this perfectly executed new album, all thirteen songs on Spilt Milk were learned on the spot in the studio and recorded the moment the ducks lined up. Adding to the immediacy of the basic tracks, in every case, all the many guitar overdubs were cut with nothing worked out in advance, ever. What Walter and Binky achieved was almost entirely by instinct, attitude, and a strong musical empathy.

Spilt Milk is definitely music for "guitar freaks," so to speak. Bobby and Randy laid down over-the-top granite-hard fist-tight foundations for Walter and Binky's careening guitars and voices. The band's dear pal, Paul Gifford, added gorgeous harmony vocals to ensure that, come the final track, everything was as in place musically, as harmonized as possible. Job well done, guys. Job well done.





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