THE CLIFMEN
a NC supergroup
CLIFMEN
-FRED MILLS / MAGNET MAGAZINE

The High Impedence label seems intent on breaking, if not new ground, at least a few
rules-as one might infer from the subtle pun in its moniker.  First of all, by releasing the Bo
(Motorcaster) Taylor-helmed project Bandway and elevating AC/DC worship to an art form,
the label clearly aims to thwart expectations of what a righteous indie is supposed to be
about.  And secondly, since High Impedence's Clif Mann has such a storied rawk pedigree
(Bad Checks, Pipe)-and given that his new project The Clifmen is a pretty much full-on
affair touching on everything from Who-styled classic rock to Dead Boys-influenced classic
punk-I'd reckon the label has no truce with garden-variety, shitty-sounding indie whining
either.  Mann's cohorts in crime here include Taylor (with whom he shares guitar and bass
duties), Connells vocalist Doug MacMillan (moonlighting and clearly loving it) and
Jack-'O-Nuts' Brooks Carter (playing the Keith Moon role).  Some of this is so goofy and
over the top, like the sonic reduction revver "I'm In Black" and the thrashy, neo-surf number
"Matchbox City," you can't help but think that the project's a beer-fueled, one-take
afternoon lark.  It probably was.  But on the evidence of other tunes-the epic, brooding
"Call," the bump 'n' grind blooze of "Something Better To Do," the uplifting, almost anthemic
"Dreams" -I'd say, here's to beer-fueled, one-take afternoon larks.
"Talk of the Town" was picked
for the 2004 season of MTV's
"Made"

"Dreams" was selected by Fox for
the TV version of "Drive Me
Crazy"
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