Exposé Online banner

Attila & Dave Project — Lifeline
((Not on label) no#, 1999, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2000-10-01

Lifeline Cover art

It’s a fact that some bands go well out of convenience’s way to sound ‘vintage’ —case in point, Lifeline. Listening to most of this latest release by this SF Bay Area trio, one might swear this was a reissue from the late 60s or very early 70s. From Attila Medveczky’s battery of analog synths (I’ve seen his rig, it looks like something from a keyboard museum), to the harmony vocal style, to drummer Rusty Aceves’ very appropriate use of hand drums during some of the vocal sections, right down to the songwriting itself, which could be comparable to early Pink (pre-Ummagumma era), early Peter Hammill, or any of a number of West Coast proto-prog hippie bands like HP Lovecraft, all run through the prog processor. Even the earliest Echolyn (before they got too complex) could provide a reference point. Oh yeah, they rock pretty hard sometimes, even throw in some grungy guitar riffs, but the overriding spirit is an intricate lyrical proto-progressive sound from simpler times, and the trio pulls it off beautifully. Brimming with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics, this level of songcraftsmanship is entirely too uncommon these days; this is one of those albums you play once or twice and the songs play on in your head for the next week. Those who missed their debut disc Songs of Innocence and Experience from 1996 (now out of print) would do well to check this latest one out.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Attila & Dave Project

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity – They say the first impression is the one that lasts, and so it is here with the latest album by German electronic master Peter Frohmader: the album opens with the twelve minute "Spiral,” a majestic...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues