Album Review: Eating Club “Eating Club”

Sam Greenspan, contributor

The self-titled album from Alex Bortnichak, or Eating Club, is truly a dynamic showcase of not only his inherent talent (Bortnichak being responsible for almost all instruments heard on the record), but also his influences. 

This deeply personal album is one of the best displays of self I’ve heard from an artist; it’s intrinsic authenticity standing out passionately in a sea of cookie-cutter aesthetics. There is something deeply familiar about this music, as if Modest Mouse and The Pixies got wine drunk and had a baby named Eating Club. However, this does not take away from Bortnichak’s own unique, expressive identity. 

This album, from the both rollicking and concurrently haunting first track “Battle Hymn,” to the deeply ethereal and pastoral last track “Eugene,” has something for everyone and every mood.

I have no idea what inspired Bortnichak’s band name, but you’re gonna want in on this club. 

Rating: 12 out of 12 cans of PBR!

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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