Siddhartha – Where The Wild Things Grow (Self-Released)

A few years back Siddhartha recorded an album of ripping Detroit garage-rock that was never officially released despite strong material that could have vaulted the band towards the top of the city’s then-thriving rock scene. Perhaps frustrated by the squandered opportunity, lead singer Marlon Hauser headed for San Francisco, leaving the rest of the band behind, but keeping the name Siddhartha. Soon after arriving he began work on Where The Wild Things Grow, an EP he wrote and recorded by himself in a bathroom over the course of four months. During this time Hauser ditched the old Stooges/MC5/Dirtbombs sounds and experimented with different recording styles and instruments (including kid’s toys and found objects). Unfortunately, the experiments don’t work at all, and whatever Love-meets-BJM ideas Hauser may have hoped to commit to tape are lost among a thick morass of lazy songwriting and bad playing. In fact, I’m pretty sure the title song and “Your Everlasting Intuition” never change key or tempo – and the less said about the quasi-psychedelic cover of Madonna’s “Holiday” the better. My recommendation would be for Hauser to get on the next flight back to Detroit and see if he can’t get the old band back together, because this EP doesn’t cut it.