BURSTING WITH GOOD STUFF 'Burst is the new CD by the Flux. It contains sixty-one minutes and eighteen seconds of music. These songs are upbeat, rhythmically challenging compositions performed in the classic rock quintet format of voice, guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums, along with a full-time percussionist and occasional horn sections. They are a band whose music shifts and changes in unexpected places during each composition, a band whose music requires attention from it's players and an audience. If they ever did a cover of a standard rock song like "Free Bird," it would probably come out sounding like "Take Five." The most essential requirement for a band playing music with shape-shifting time signatures is a rhythm section that is on top of every measure and every beat of every song. Brian Huston on drums and Ryan Lukas on bass more than qualify in this department. This CD can provide a listener with plenty of interesting things to hear just by focusing on Huston and Lucas for it's duration. Percussionist Matt "Smitty" Smith is with them for every twist in the musical road on congas and additional percussion. Lukas' bass lines and thick, dripping notes are one of this recording's strengths. The band seems to value their bass players: Lukas' six predecessors were listed in the CD booklet's acknowledgements section. Joe Balestreri handles the majority of the lead vocals and plays the guitars. His soloing style is an interesting blend of techniques one usually associates with jamband and prog-rock groups. At times I listened to his playing and thought it was the answer to my long-standing question, "What would music have been like if Jerry Garcia was in Yes and Steve Howe played lead guitar for the Grateful Dead?" (I have a lot of free time, folks.) Phil Gorman plays keyboards in a style that is more rooted in jazz or classical techniques than one expects from the typical rock band. His comping and sense of rhythm are outstanding, as are his solos. His electric piano sections, particularly in the eleven-minute "Subterranean Refuge," have a certain 1970s feel to them, more akin to Herbie Hancock's music of that period rather than like Rick Wakeman or any of the other prog-rock giants.' - review by Dave Tilton, Listenandbeheard.net.