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Review: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling- The New Number 2 by jason
April 29, 2011, 9:00 am
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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling- The New Number 2. Self Released, 2010.

Last week, I went to the Neutral Uke Hotel show at the Grog Shop in Cleveland. While I was at the merch tables, I complemented Sophia Cacciola, the drummer for The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, on the Prisoner sticker on her bass drum. That led to a short discussion on the late ’60s secret agent TV show The Prisoner, which led to a discussion of Cacciola’s Prisoner-themed rock band, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.

A Prisoner-themed concept band? You know I’m down with that. It wouldn’t even have to be good, and I’d still like it for the effort. But it is good. Great even. Cacciola sings and drums along with the bass stylings of Michael Epstein. They’re loud, they’re angry…they’re everything that The Memorial Library is not.

Their songs are all named after episodes of The Prisoner with the exception of the final track (not surprisingly track number 6), a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan.” The song’s themes relate to the themes of the episodes and often reference the episodes directly, like in track 1, “The Arrival,” when Cacciola sings “They beat your body, took your will/ then they took your mind/ and sent you back to me, said/ ‘Take what you can then leave him behind.'” The entire EP has this paranoid, forces-you-don’t-understand-are-at-work-here vibe.

Overall, this is a great EP. You can download it over at their Bandcamp Page, where you can also order physical copies of it. You can also snoop around their website for more information…information…information on the band’s next release, Questions are a Burden to Others which comes out May 13th.



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