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When I put this one in the player, I really didn't think I'd get past the first track, lazily dismissing it as 'badly recorded Beasties' but, luckily for me, I absent-mindedly kept playing the cd and got on with whatever I was doing. I'd forgotten I was playing a 'demo' and was nodding along to this cool music - what is this? - I thought. It's like some sort of mid 60s garage band meeting very early Ween (around God Ween Satan) mixed with even more earlier Beastie Boys.
I kept thinking there are little fuzzed up termites inside the cd player bashing out these little demons on their ratty instruments, just playing to their heart's content. The Sage Evolution demo had wrapped its trebly, hissy tentacles around me, right through to the eleventh track.
The Sage Evolution are led by Renaldo Luis Corowa on vocals and guitar with 'Flash' Devon Corowa on lead guitar, Mal on bass and Yet on drums. All songs have a similar feel and vocal melody to them but I'm sure that's to go along with the concept of the record, titled The Peace, Love and Anarchy Album. As there is no track listing I'll call track 3 'I Will Always Love You' and track 4 'The One With Intriguing Lyrics About Friends' and both these songs are a couple of neat 'ballads' included amongst the more uptempo songs. Also constant is the guitar that can't help itself to go into some sort of muddled funky rhythm.
Renaldo apologises that the recording quality isn't 'listenable' but, to these ears, I liked the sonic quality. I wouldn't normally listen to every song on a demo tape, but I'm glad I did with the Sage Evolution - it gets better and is more enjoyable every time I put this mysterious disc into the player. - ND