“The vocals linger a bit as they dwell upon a wry delivery, dancing with female accompaniment. Picking up the rowdiness and noise is Lies I Told Myself. The guitars are more rock oriented and boisterous, while the stylistic approach buried beneath the heaviness remains the same, unhurried and clever. The song has an 80s new wave via punk rock vibe and the result is infectious and energetic. The title-track sets itself off with a soft string and then struts into more rockin' 80s grooves filled with vocal repetition. Deep Deep Breath is more ominous in its mood but remains completely consistent in its measure”
“Fred Roth Revue, Fred Not Amused (Aug. 20, Ana-Them Records, fredrothrevue.bandcamp.com): Along with being not amused, Roth is also not content with playing just one genre of music. The band’s latest release expertly jumps from garage rock to power pop to the trumpet-heavy “Fare Ah Jake Ah,” a soothing take on the similarly named round. (Fri., Aug. 23, Heartland) AP”
“They're all over the place, in just 11 songs. The fivesome, led by Fred Roth (singer, songwriter, bass), bops effortlessly from rocking arrangements that blast like a Velvet Underground rocket ("September 1990") to violins and cellos ("Fred Not Amused") to a fantastic trumpet by Jim Knodle that follows the melody just a half-step behind ("Tomorrow") that will make you conjure up your old Love albums from the late 60s.”
“(ana-them) Freddie's dead pan! Low powered Power Pop that more poof than pops, making it Power Poof. Which is a nice change of power.”
“In just a few years, New Wave lost its meaning as musical genres became more and more fragmented. Today the term is about as relevant as rock. But once in a while, you'll hear a band that reminds you of those days when bands tried to be different--not because they were trying to stand out but because the norm was so incredibly boring. Fred Roth Revue, fortunately, is one of those bands. This Seattle band recaptures one of the great qualities of New Wave bands: deadpan humor. In the opening song, "Tomorrow," singer Fred Roth starts off with "See that little girl inside? I think she smells. See that little boy inside? I think he's fat." Is Fred being ironic about the way our society judges people by their appearance? I doubt it--he's just getting your attention.”
"The topping for this sensory feast is the music stylings The Fred Roth Revue who released their CD Dragon Faces (Ana-Them) at the end of 2008. The Fred Roth Revue will be dishing out their upbeat, foot stompin’ power-pop that’s so sweetly rounded out with a hefty dose of the trumpet."
“The Fred Roth Revue is knifing some jam across your toast tonight at the High Dive with The Upsidedown and The Blinding Light. What's more, the FR^2 will be giving the first 50-some people through the door copies of their debut CD, Dragon Faces. Listing their influences as The Talking Heads, The Pixies and Spoon, the Revue revel in guitar-heavy power pop and fit-kicking action. With the recent addition of Jim Knodle, I also hear Cake, King Missle and traces of The Western Shore and Debris (although the latter two come thanks to Scott Griggs and Keith Cook, who used to play in those bands respectively).”
“Be one of the first 50 people in the door and get your free Fred Roth Revue CD from Ana-Them Records, which includes the new single "Frogland." Headliner THE UPSIDEDOWN and The Blinding Light joins The Fred Roth Revue for a night of great Seattle music. Three bands and a free CD for six bucks, you can't beat that. As Fred Roth Revue front man Cedric Ross says, " Its an economic stimulus package!" Damn right.”