Your crusty chronicler generally does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for support for their then new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. So, with that spirit of unity in mind, your rockin’ reviewer presents this series—“Track by Track” in which we review certain select CDs literally “track by track”.
In this edition we check out Razorhouse’s new EP Codex Jun. Razorhouse is an arthouse band based in Chicago currently composed of Singer-songwriter/guitarist Mark Panick (The Bonemen of Barumba, Revolting Cocks), guitarist Danny Shaffer (Julie Frost, Michael McDermott), drummer David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Machines of Loving Grace) and bassist Matt Feddermann. This recent release by the reformed once industrial punk band includes six selections and was produced by Howie Beno (Tom Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Blondie) and Danny McGuiness (The Ex Senators).
They took their name from the writings of the Mayan Popul Vuh. According to the source, “the Razorhouse is a deity, a house of living knives that stood in judgment of the gods”. The inspiration for the title of this offering can be traced back to Panick’s interest in “Mesoamerican culture and ancient mysticism that is woven into the parables of the Popol Vuh”.
(Please view the list to read about the songs.)