Wattle & Daub Wattle & Daub, the 2nd full-length record from Philadelphia's amazing Strapping Fieldhands, is almost indescribable in its psychedelic beauty. While the band is properly lumped in with the early 1990's lo-fi stalwarts Guided by Voices, Pavement, Royal Trux, and the Grifters vis-a-vis their early work, Wattle & Daub is a progression in sonic quality and songwriting from their first effort, Discus. Ben Franklin Airbath is the smash hit of the '90s that should have been. Based on Robert Pollard's 1st trip to the city of Brotherly Love (Ben Franklin's town, Ben Franklin's town...), Ben Franklin Airbath is a psychedelic masterpiece Bob Malloy wrote to capture the peculiar naked activity preferred by one of the United States' great statesmen, inventors, and ladies' men. Check it out and turn it up whilst enjoying your own Ben Franklin Airbath! It's songs like The Author in Her Ear, Tickled with Olive Branch, and The Oath that place the Strapping Fieldhands into the upper echelons of songwriting in modern American rock and roll. Recorded in the same studio where Teddy Pendergrass, the Jacksons, David Bowie, Madonna, and Pink recorded so many hits (Sigma Sound Studio), Wattle and Daub finds the Strapping Fieldhands rolling in their own unique direction of music that has not been fully understood in the fifteen years since its first release. Lo-fi, indeed!