Fox Van Cleef, "Prescription Tea Party" -- The Ogden sextet's third album shows a band growing in its own direction and with its own voice -- a sound that borrows flavors from glam rock, the poetic side of arena rock and psychedelia,
The band, which has been together since 2006, includes Chase Baur on vocals and bass, Dustin Bessire on lead vocals/guitars/keys, Matt Froling on drums/percussion/vocals, Jessie Hodshire on various instruments/vocals, Mouse Hodshire on sax and Erich Newey on keyboards/guitar.
This is a densely musical album, with a touch of prog in the mix, with big horn breaks and layers of guitars, horns and synths. Bessire has a dramatic vocal with a touch of soul that is fun to listen to. On "Voodoo Chicken" he waxes Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie to great effect. "Unholy" has the textures of a smoky West Coast jazz tune.
Production by Jesse Holdshire and Salt Lake City's Archive Studio's Wes Johnson keeps the instrumentation working in a clean wall of sound. For those who like their rock high calorie and full of drama, this band is bound to please.