What Philo Beddow puts together can be described as
super-dynamic-ultra-textured-crazy-mixed-up-stuff-'n-junk. The group
ignores the "verse-chorus-repeat" formula of more conventional
songwriting, creating songs that are fluid, dynamic and angular. What
we're talking about here is a lot of tension and release, shifting
time that manages to avoid mathematic coldness and thick chords, but
also a melodic sensibility that ultimately leaves each song unique.
After some initial four-track fun, the band recorded six songs of
"booksmart hardcore" for both a CD and seven-inch on Magnolia Records.
The band quickly gained attention, catching audiences by surprise and
dropping a few jaws with their live show - a combination of intense
precision and passion in equal parts. These live performances led the
band to share the bill and hold their own with the likes of U.S.
Maple, Mule, Cop Shoot Cop, Today Is The Day, Steel Pole Bathtub,
Branch Manager, and Glazed Baby. They eventually landed a movie
soundtrack credit in Sleepover, which also featured music by Don
Caballero, Helmet, and Jeff Buckley. End The Measured Mile reflects a
strong infusion of melody and warmth coupled with a rounding-off of
the attack that colored Philo Beddow's first releases. While these
newer, more tuneful songs still capture a taste for the
slightly-disjointed-but-oddly-cohesive, they are more introspective
and reflect an economy of style from a maturing band.