CLOWN SOUNDS: PREACHER MAKER
It might be hard to believe, but San Pedro’s Todd Congelliere has been actively making music for over a quarter century. In that time, Todd—or one of the many bands he plays with, including F.Y.P, Toys That Kill, the Underground Railroad To Candyland and Stoned At Heart—has released nearly one record a year, sometimes more. Now Todd’s newest project Clown Sounds—also the title of his 2010 solo album—have released the full-length Preacher Maker. For anyone already a fan of Todd’s music, the album is a stellar addition to a nearly flawless catalog of work. For those unfamiliar, this record is a good place to dive in. With two drummers, three guitar players, and a bassist drawn from Underground Railroad to Candyland, the Arrivals and a deep pool of Pedro’s powerhouse musicians, it might seem that Clown Sounds could come off indulgent and excessive, but rest assured—the band’s tone is colossal but potent and clean. The record is brimming with the hard-driving, poppy melodic punk that’s defined Todd’s projects over the years. It’s more a natural continuation of the sounds the Underground Railroad To Candyland was exploring, rather than the more aggressive Toys That Kill material. More than anything, Preacher Maker sounds fresh, passionate, and exciting. The songs—even when they’re dealing with darker themes±are vibrant and captivating, and add even more to Todd’s already impressive body of songwriting.