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Phase Separation by Ferrill Gibbs (Kang Louie)
Photon
How many people here remember King Louie from the old atheists.com site? Anyway, he was very much a heart-on-your-sleeve Christian, and did think out loud with some crazy ideas from time to time, but I always thought him genuine and thoughtful. Anyway, we've stayed in touch through the intervening years, and become pretty good friends. Why is this in the music section, you may ask? Because Kang, aka Ferrill Gibbs, just released his first album, Phase Separation. It's quite good southern rock, and he has a nice gravelly scream.

He sent me his album, and I produced the following review - some of you may have already read it on your Facebook feed, if I'm your friend, and if that's relevant. I went through every track, and made comments about the album. There are some links and some youtube videos of his songs as well (mostly just the music behind a photo still) at the end. If nothing else, it might be entertaining for some of you to have some trouble squaring that dude from like 8 years ago with the clearly talented individual he has become.

It's just starting to get radio play, and he's doing gigs and interviews in promotion of the album.


If this doesn't interest you, please read no further. ha ha Ye have been warned.




Phase Separation


Released July 11, 2011, Phase Separation is the debut album of Ferrill Gibbs, proprietor of a fresh new sound out of Mobile, Alabama. The album is an eclectic mix of sonic fusion, from blaring electric licks to jazzy blues-inspired laments, this raw southern rock blended with instrumental joy seizes your attention immediately, and entertains throughout. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Widespread Panic with a side of Rush.

[img]http://fishbowlrecords.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/69620.jpg[/img]


For a first album, the vocals, harmonies, backup and instrumentals are all very polished, and for the most part the production is very well done. Gibbs is able to meld a variety of vocal sounds and tempo with different aspects of guitar riffs in the same song. He demonstrates an admirable vocal range, and can even boast to have an adroit raspy scream.

The album opens with a great track [i]You
 
Theory_Execution
It wasn't eight years ago that he made the last appearance was it? I dont think I have been around that long.

I recall the name, but I suppose it could have been made in passing when refering to 'good xians we lost and missed / crazies we appreciated'.

The last of the three you have posted appeals the most.
 
Skeeve
I remember Kang, I always pictured a hillbilly when I read his posts.
 
seeker
Nice stuff.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
 
Hypatia
Good stuff - I like it, most especially the second and then the third videos.

I remember Kang. I think by the time I joined A.com he was posting very little, and then only another time or two after that, that I can remember.

Congratulations to him on his first album and I hope he has much success with it, with lots more successful music to follow.
 
Photon
Here's a new tune he's playing around with, it's post-album, but does show signs of a great singer/songwriter. This one is a little more personal to me, as I can relate to it quite well. He's going to be doing most of his stuff acoustically while doing promotional gigs, so this is a good sign.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ1z_uTDlzk&feature=player_embedded#at=39[/video]
 
seeker
That's a good tune. I think he really benefits from keeping it acoustic, it helps keep the feeling of the song intimate.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
 
Theory_Execution
This just isnt working for me, given the last few nights in the UK. I find the mindset you approach a song with can alter the reception quite significantly.

Good rasp on that voice though.
 
Photon
[url=http://atheiststoday.com/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=1891&pid=22957#post_22957]Theory_Execution wrote:[/url]

This just isnt working for me, given the last few nights in the UK. I find the mindset you approach a song with can alter the reception quite significantly.

Good rasp on that voice though.


What? Are you saying that a touching love song extolling the virtues of current happiness isn't appropriate to riot or post-riot sensibilities? ha ha I can see your point, maybe you have a perspective that can help me make sense of the whole thing, I still don't understand what it is all about. I mean, it's not like you guys lost a hockey game.
 
Theory_Execution
Haha, I saw those, no making out in the streets here though, save for if you count making out of a window with a stolen tv.

What happened is a black guy was shot in London on the Thursday, he was killed. Initial reports said he had fired at police and they responded with two shots to the head.

The police would not offer a statement, so the family and friends of the guy gathered around the police station demanding answers.

It is at this point that scrotes (scum, criminal sorts) turned up on mass at said police station and started trashing it, starting fires. This group drew crowds and moved on to smash up the local area, seeing their opportunity and the lack of control the police had, they started looting shops.

People in Birmingham, and later Manchester saw their opportunity also, and organised similar actions via encoded Blackberry messaging, one such message reading something like this;

'I dont care which end you are from, meet at such and such a place at 7pm'.

So with a few hundred criminally minded heading to these places and openly looting in daylight, those standing by also started looting.

So they have been smashing into shops, looting setting them on fire and trying as many shops as they can.

Where it gets bad is comminities have come out on the street to protect their neighbourhood, and one such group (Group of Seikhs) was targeted by a guy in a car, he drove at them, up onto the pavement and killed three of them.

Now, because of the ethnicity spread in London and in Manchester those in the south are blaming 'the blacks' and those up north are blaming 'the whites' with people also blaming 'the pakis'.

Thankfully it has been raining the last two days which often put a litteral dampener on rioting. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a full scale race riot.
 
Photon
Thanks, TE, that does help to parse what's going on there. Some $300 million in damages is no minor scuffle.
 
JohnH
Theory Execution, If I might I will respectably disagree with you. I have been reading about the riots in England and they smell rather like the riots that have occurred in the US.

I ask you to look at the videos of the execution of Oscar Grant. An event that caused the perpetrator to serve 2 years in prison. Cops kill minorities with impunity because they know that no court will punish them for it.

I do not excuse the acts of mobs. I do understand them and as a consequence do not condemn them entirely for what they do.

Consider race relations in the UK. Are they significantly better than those in the US. I would suggest not.
 
Theory_Execution
I would not trust your American media, and I know through work that the Chinese are having a field day with the footage (no doubt using it to show where democratic capitalism gets you) and have a guest we are expecting next week fearing for her safety.

On which point(s) do you disagree JohnH?

Reports today have detailed that he did have a gun, guns are not legal in the UK (there are special permits, this gun was a replica adapted to fire live rounds however) and that he was known to have blood connections, as well as continued contact with one of the biggest gangsters in Manchester.

Now it may be the case that the gun was planted, and just because his family were of a criminal bent does not speak of his character in any way, maybe he was outright murdered by the police - the problem is, the rioting outside of London looked nothing like a demonstration against police brutality.

Messages on social networking sites simply stated, let
 
Photon
Well, to return to the thread topic, the Mobile Press-Register just did an article about Ferrill and the album. Long-timers might be interested to know that yes, it's Fish with him in the photo (no not the guitar).

http://blog.al.com/entertainment-press-register/2011/08/album_takes_mobile_songwriter.html
 
Skeeve
Here we go. Bumping for relevance in another thread.
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
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