"Human Condition" (Inside Out Music; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Event perform at the 2000 PowerMad Festival where I was immediately taken by Event's unique blend of progressive, hard rock, and loops. To say that Event have an inventive approach would be an understatement. As I mentioned in my review of Event's performance at the 2000 PowerMad Festival the band's patience and creativity won points from me and the same is true on "Human Condition."

The presence of loops and other techno-influences really left a slight 'distaste' in my ears after the first listen to "Human Condition" (but for me that's true of almost anything that has loops). However, subsequent listens revealed that the loops serve more as a backbone and a launching pad for Event's musical excursions. Also, what Event lacks in 'grit' it sure makes up for it in innovative workouts.

The primary agent in these musical volleys is Shaun Michaud who is Event's chief songwriter. Michaud's deft arrangements and use of odd-meter keeps "Human Condition" in tip-top shape at all times. Event actually makes the songs sound like they're coming at you sideways as the opening track "Drug Of Choice" seems like it's squeezing itself through my headphones and hitting my brain broadside. Even when Event uses the blues to introduce a song as it does on "New Chemicals" you get the distinct feeling that the bluesy riff came after the idea for the song was near its fruitful completion. Additionally, vocalist Dave Deluco reminds me of the singer in Dali's Dilemma although his rich voice seems tailor made for filling in the space left behind Event's musical nuances. The rhythm section has the thankless task of keeping a foundation that is more like a staggered staircase than a smooth floor, but that's what makes it progressive and not your basic rock send up.

The only real reference point I have that combines hard rock and loops is Full On The Mouth (anyone heard from those guys lately?). Event, however, are more progressive and much more patient in allowing their songs to evolve in the listener's mind. "Human Condition" is highly recommended for those who like things just a bit out of the ordinary.

Event is Dave Deluco on vocals, Shaun Michaud on guitars, programming and backing vocals, Jay Rigney on bass, and Matt Scurfield on drums.

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"Human Condition" (Inside Out Music; 2001)

Reviewed by Snidermann

My initial reaction to Event's "Human Condition" remained the same after I'd listened to the entire CD: What the hell was that?!! 

The music is techno, with a bunch of other shit thrown in that I can't really describe. It is cool in its strangeness, with electronic sounds flying around every which way. The vocals are tight with the music and the production bringing the entire package together nicely. 

"Human Condition" is one of the weirdest sounding releases I've heard and - even though I'm not even sure it's rock'n'roll - it moves fast enough and is different enough to be interesting.

Event: Shaun Michaud  - guitars, programming and vocals; Matt Scurfield - drums; Jay Rigney - bass; Dave Delugo - vocals. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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