Enter John Wilkes Booze. The six hardworking Bloomington, Indiana, residents not only pay lip service to a bevy of inspirational sources -- from free-jazz pioneer Albert Ayler to extramusical political pawn Tania Hearst, from Melvin Van Peebles to Yoko Ono to Marc Bolan -- but they put their money where their testifyin' mouths are, actually releasing a series of CDs that pay musical tribute to these undersung greats and christening the project The Five Pillars of Soul. (The records were originally issued as limited-edition CD-Rs; the best bits of the series will be compiled soon on a single disc.) The band melds such diverse influences into an over-the-top, alcohol-fueled full-on musical assault; if it's maximum rock & soul garage-punk you're looking for to get you through the mugginess of July in St. Louis, look no further than John Wilkes Booze. It takes five seconds to decide, brothers and sisters: Do you wanna be their dog?
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