"Hillsborough's Killer Filler ain't the most photogenic bunch, yet the band's new album "Filler Up!" is still highly visual music. You just can't listen to these 17 sleek instrumentals without being put in mind of a really cool heist caper starring George Clooney dressed to the nines and masterminding a convoluted plot to get the money and the girl. Which is not to say it's just background music, so pay attention because it's worth your while.
““...Anchored by the band’s progenitor Chris “Crispy” Bess, these five musicians work in hues of 1960s Memphis soul and California surf music to paint a pretty picture in your head of all those 50s and 60s memories you had personally, or lived vicariously through movies and TV. Filler Up puts together a combination of original tunes. Each piece holds its own with just enough hooks and catchy riffs to keep it pleasantly in your noggin. The band relies heavily on reverbs and other trademark sounds of the period, giving the sixteen tracks an authentic sound. Nevertheless, they still manage to inject a little something of themselves, making the CD a worthwhile addition to the collection of anyone who loves this kind of music.” ”
“It's beyond cliché to declare an instrumental album the perfect soundtrack for a party. But you could get more specific: A soiree at the Jungle Room of the local roller rink/ drag strip in 1968, with go-go dancers and Ennio Morricone as the special guests. Actually, even that attempt at scene-setting doesn't do the songs on Killer Filler's debut, Filler Up, and the ground they cover, justice. Neither would a run at a nifty tag like sloungeadelic, even if you tacked on the suffix "& the MGs." The other 10 tracks sprang, alternately greasy and gliding, from the mind of band anchor and multiple threat Crispy Bess, who displays the dexterity and wit you might expect from someone with Uncle Tupelo, Southern Culture on the Skids and game show host on his résumé. And, yes, an instrumental band can display wit, via resourceful playing, clever titling, and even inspired motto-ing: "We don't sing, but we don't suck, either." Party on.”