Somewhere Between Detroit & Chicago
Their second disc, released in 2006, showcases the band as writers with all original songs. It runs the gamut with traditional blues mixed with their more hybrid 'blues-fusion' styles. It's their first studio recording. Along with fusing musical elements, Measured Chaos incorporated more sonic textures like; bottleneck, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and percussion along with it's basic pallet of drums, bass, electric guitars and vocals. "Livin' The Dream" written by Mark Tomorsky is the CD's opening tune. It's a slightly askew look into the lives of some very colorful folks, set to a funky, up-tempo swing groove. The vivid lyrics and tasty guitar playing really set the tone for the entire disc. Another foray into the land of the "second line" finds Mark Gougeon penning another lyrical winner in "Cruisin'", a story of some friends out on the town, looking for a little "satisfaction." In a total change of pace, Al Jacquez serves up a bone-chilling acapella track, "Rubin Stacy" based on the true story of a murderous lynch mob from the 30's and it's prey. Reminiscent of a field holler, it delivers it's message with a haunting intensity. You will also find some heavy rock-blues in "How Many Men You Got Livin' There?" Combining a lyrical "hat's off" to Albert Collins' "Dirty Dishes" over a ZZ Top style groove, they have touched the best of new and the true. Again, you find that restraint, (or taste) plays a big part in the way Tomorsky delivers up his guitar work on these 14 tracks. As they say, "Less Is More." .