GUITAR PLAYER: REVIEW OF "INTERSTATE"
In the tradition of Duane Eddy, Television, and Angelo Badalamenti, Pell Mell are the latest entrants in the King of Twang sweepstakes. Unadorned Fender tones supported by cocktail-lounge organ are the driving force of the band's moody, minor-key instrumentals. Guitarist David Spalding relies primarily on low-register single-note lines, which are refreshingly sparse and as simple as a roadside diner menu. Sullen and somber, these aren't good-times-in-the-fast-lane tunes, but an ideal soundtrack for a slow cross-country cruise when your only companions are a Thermos of lukewarm coffee and a carton of Lucky Strikes. -CG