The opening track on the CD, "Theme From City of Angles," proceeds like a tweaked marching band number -- John Philip Sousa on steroids -- with Cory Wright pumping baritone sax over a peppy drumbeat, followed by piano, trombone, flute, vibraphone, and trumpet parts that never dissolve into indulgent soloing. "Full-On Freak" has an even richer flavor of late-'50s, early-'60s swing, as the horn section lays down a groove that would do Cab Calloway proud. The industrial part of the group -- such as it is -- breaks in on "Losing Proposition," when crunchy synth and theremin disturb the smooth surface of the danceable jazz.
Durkin's ear for catchy, peppy tunes, and the ability to spread them among his web of musical voices, has the Ellingtonian touch to it -- the sense of a music flowing upward and outward from its sources, changing as it goes, but never losing the feel of its origins. In addition to Duke, Durkin also counts Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus amongst his inspirations. With the achievements of this second Industrial Jazz Group album, it's possible to imagine composers citing Durkin himself as an influence someday.