"Holy Happy Hour"


As Patty Hearst buffs will remember, the term "Stockholm syndrome" refers to the tendency of abductees to identify with their captors. If that's what happened to the members of Stockholm Syndrome, then their kidnappers must have been eclectic, early '70s roots-rockers. Could some rogue veterans of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends have resorted to taking hostages?

Of course, Stockholm Syndrome organizers Dave Schools (also of Widespread Panic) and Jerry Joseph (of the Jackmormons) didn't write the material for the quintet's debut, "Holy Happy Hour," while locked in a closet. And the Syndrome's music -- neoclassic rock with dashes of jazz, metal, reggae and even flamenco -- doesn't come from a time capsule. Such songs as "Bouncing Very Well" are firmly in the modern jam-band tradition, and the topical references in such Dylanesque tunes as "American Fork" are utterly contemporary. Singer-guitarist Joseph leads the band into iffy territory with such numbers as "The Shining Path," which adopts the viewpoint of somebody who seeks to "slaughter the ruling class."

Musically, however, "Holy Happy Hour" is not exactly a threat to the status quo.

-- Mark Jenkins

Appearing Wednesday at the State Theatre. * To hear a free Sound Bite from Stockholm Syndrome, call Post-Haste at 301-313-2200 and press 8108. (Prince William residents, call 703-690-4110.)