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The AuntEaters / Press

“ The name AuntEaters seems apt for a punk band — so when this Pueblo-based quartet opens Marionette with the Ennio Morricone-tinged instrumental "Rabbit Ears Pass," fit for the opening credits of a spaghetti Western, it's a little disorienting. But once the disc kicks into gear on the second track with the high-voltage alt-country of "Since You Left," the band's name begins to make more sense. Throwing equal parts dusty twang and rock into music they dub "hoarse Western," the AuntEaters pump more than enough energy into most of the songs and even steer pretty damn close to punk on tunes like "Severe Corneal Abrasion" and "Thrown Out in the Rain." At times, singer Jim Valentine's throaty delivery recalls Lucero's Ben Nichols, and any fan of the Memphis-based alt-country act might lean toward the AuntEaters as well. ”

"Marionette,"...comes off (for the most part) like the bastard son of The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Gin Blossoms - country tinged rock with a kick. Tunes that fall into this vein are the mid-tempo "Since You Left" - marked by zesty guitar work from Valdez; "How I Miss Her," "If The Tele Took Teardrops," "Hot Foot Powder," and "Devil In Me." A real gem in the mix is the melancholy "Dust My Broom," a Westernish ballad driven by strong bass, harmonica and guest vocals by Monica Fuentes. The set gets off to a great start with an instrumental, "Rabbit Ears Pass" - the theme song for a Western movie yet to be made. The boys return to this wind-blown territory later in the record with the majestic "Cotopaxi" - yet another rustic excursion that would make Ennio Morricone proud. The countryish vibe is not to say the band can't get down. "Thrown Out In The Rain" is a straight ahead rocker with a driving beat. Likewise with "Severe Corneal Abrasion."

J M Pompia - The Pueblo Chieftain