– by Brian Koscho
Clevelandâ€™s Machine Go Boom has been one of my own personal favorite bands for years. Music For Parents is their second album after 2004â€™s Thank You Captain Obvious, both were recorded by Paul Maccarrone at Clevelandâ€™s Zombie Proof Studios. Machine Go Boomâ€™s music is an audio sugar rush, with band-leader Mikey Machineâ€™s voice ranging from a beautiful swoon to the tone of a small child on Christmas morning after twelve cans of soda and an entire birthday cake. Mikey and the rest of MGB make music that really is a breath of fresh air.
This album reads like a re-telling of adolescence from that sense of insignificance (â€œSmallâ€), to love (â€œ800 lb. Gorillaâ€, â€œMummyâ€), and even to social awkwardness (â€œElmers Glueâ€, â€œOh Myâ€). Music For Parents captures the band perfectly and shows the spectrum they cover; from acoustic ballads with clever lyrics and catchy choruses (â€œ800 lb. Gorillaâ€, â€œParentsâ€) to short pop-punk masterpieces (â€œBuild Me A Ladderâ€, â€œGentlemanâ€™s Replyâ€) and even a huge swelling number complete with brass and strings (â€œOh Myâ€). The centerpiece for the album to me would have to be â€œNiagara Fallsâ€ which (like many other MGB songs) is so catchy youâ€™ll feel you have heard it a million times before and it will still keep you whistling and humming for months.