Joup Friday Album – Ambulance LTD

Ambulance LTD - self titled (TVT Records)

Ambulance LTD – self titled (TVT Records)

So the Magic 8-Ball has it, as Chester so eloquently discovered last week. Read more about his pick Clinic HERE. Great choice and really got me to thinking about digging back to the past a bit – to the year 2004. F@#k, has it really been 10 years? Yes, yes it has and yet as I listen to the YouTube clips I really think this group is still as fresh as it was then. So what I found on YouTube is a piecemeal playlist of the album but nearly every track is there as well as others from EPs. Heading to the Clinic? Maybe you should take Ambulance LTD.

Something happened in the early Naughts. I don’t think the music world really caught it in the post rap-rock and pre-hipster “cool.” I guess you might call founder/guitarist Michael Di Liberto and primary songwriter Marcus Congleton ahead of their curve. The line-up changed and went to Matthew Dublin on bass and backing vocals, Darren Beckett on drums, Andrew Haskell on keyboards and Benji Lysaght on guitar. Really though, they were just great musicians writing killer tracks. Formed in 2000 in Spanish Harlem, you here their blend on New York cool and Brit Pop on their sleeves. Especially on the Stone Roses/Blur type track “Swim.” The one thing Lysaght was not shy on was laying the lush guitar. Then take in “Stay Where You Are” and “Heavy Lifting” and you wonder why this band didn’t blow up straight through the atmosphere. Start with the building instrumental “Yoga Means Union,” throw in the Velvet Underground overtoned “The Ocean” and spice with the parlor-pop “Primitive (The Way I Treat You)” and you have what I will boldly say is one of my top albums of the decade.

Unfortunately Congleton and the rest of the group were not able to keep it together. Congleton kept the name (but nothing further has happened since 2006) and the band formed The Red Romance

Personally I can listen to this type of music all-day-everyday. Preferably on vinyl. You know…tasty Rock’n Roll. And if I OD, one those paramedic vans with the flashing lights will take me away.

Thomas I do believe it is your turn. I feel a bit overbearing nominating you again, because you have written so many great reviews of your 35 albums. Unbelievable actually. However I have just followed what I’ve been doing – alternating between the three of you. Maybe you can parlay both your current feature column with the Friday Album?

Joe Grez

Joe Grez

Joe Grzesik (JGrez) is still an artist developer trying to keep up with new technologies. Photography still has been one of his strongest passions. However, now his main focus has led him back to music where he teaches guitar, piano, saxophone and percussion privately. Music education can never be short changed.

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