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Publik Parking: Pavlov's Dog

Sometimes a band has the right idea but the execution is just a little short of the mark. Such is the case with this band from Michigan. The female fronted Publik Parking will take you back to the days of Blondie with just a little bit of In This Moment thanks to lead singer Monica's screaming ability, but it is her normal singing voice and the bands disjointed songwriting that hampers the group.

While she has a decent voice, at times it sounds off key and other than in brief flashes, very ordinary. But, when she lets loose with her screaming, watch out! They just don't use it enough. When they do let her go, it is in a song that really is not all that interesting such as the rambling "Lose Control".

Really the best moments on the disc is when her lead guitarist Neiko takes over the microphone like on the very cool song "Breakdown". Neiko needs to take over more often as he has the touch needed for this type of music.

Monica does have a decent voice but for the most part it is not suited for the material they are playing. When they take a step back, into the world of 80's glam rock on songs like "Loathe", "Holy" and "Reason" Monica seems comfortable in this environment but by no means is she Deborah Harry. When they try to tackle the very metal stuff like "Claustrophobia" it comes off sounding weak. She would make a dynamite back-up to Neiko's vocals on the heavier stuff and her screaming ability would be a great emphasis to the music.

I have seen this band 3 or 4 times opening for various acts and I always get the feeling that they are trying to be something they are not. Seeing them open for In This Moment might have been the biggest mistake as the difference between those that can and those that want to become very apparent. Neiko… if you want to be a metal band, get out there and for God's sake, let us hear your dynamite voice! If you want to keep on with this female fronted attack, then find material better suited to her style. Many will like what they are doing but in today's market there is so many bands that do the same thing with the same style, it would benefit this group to try and break away from the pack! Quit trying to follow the rest and blaze a different direction. But, let the talent of Neiko lead the way.

I am a sucker for female fronted bands usually but the uninspiring music combined with the average vocals makes this an album that I tried really hard to like but could never find a reason to other than the dynamite song "Breakdown". There is hope for this band though and I think with a little direction they could get there.

Track listing:

1. Breakdown
2. Claustrophobia
3. Lose Control
4. Something
5. Everyday
6. Loathe
7. Reason
8. Almost Over
9. Chant
10. Holy

Added: June 18th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Band's Myspace Page
Hits: 1939
Language: english

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Publik Parking: Pavlov's Dog
Posted by Flint Native on 2011-03-24 12:42:24
My Score:

This review, quite frankly, is dead on.

Publik Parking: Pavlov's Dog
Posted by Sean Currier on 2009-06-20 08:40:06
My Score:

Upon reading this review, I had to check out the album for myself. Wow. I can't tell you how right you are Scott. Very bland indeed. Most of the songs that I listened to, I couldn't remember the melody 30 seconds after it was over! I have not seen them live, so I can't make any comments about that, but this is NOT an album that I will be rushing out to pick up.

This brings me to Dave Schmidt. I have to ask. What kind of invested interest must you have in this group? This band is just plain old not that good. And to question the professionalism of a negative review, I can't help questioning your relationship with this band. To me, anything that is not biased or done on a personal level, is considered to be on a professional level. Good or bad. Negative reviews happen.

Publik Parking: Pavlov's Dog
Posted by Dave Schmidt on 2009-06-19 11:40:33
My Score:

I just got done reading your review of Publik Parking's new album, Pavlov's Dog. While I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I also feel obligated to call people out on the carpet when I feel their opinion is wrong. Publik Parking has gotten a ton of rave reviews on their work. You can read them here:

You claim that their performance at the In This Moment show was "their biggest mistake" yet other reviews say that they were the best amongst the opening bands.
Speaking of which, I have a question to pose. You asked Publik Parking at the In This Moment show to do a review on them. If you did not like their performance at the show as you stated in your review, was your only intent in doing a review to libel them? It certainly appears that way.

I will close by saying that not everyone is going to love every band, I get that. I would suggest however that you can review a band in a professional manner and still get your point across. Unfortunately, you fell far short of that standard.

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