Posted by: will | July 19, 2006

Sunset Rubdown…


Sunset Rubdown “Shut Up I Am Dreaming” (Absolutely Kosher)

If you did not know already, Sunset Rubdown is the other band of Wolf Parade member Spencer Krug. Wolf Parade burst onto the indie scene last year with their wonderful debut album, Apologies To The Queen Mary. It was a rare album that actually deserved its hype. Krug shares vocals in Wolf Parade but what he has in Sunset Rubdown is strictly all his own. To be honest, fans of Wolf Parade should find plenty to gravitate towards on Shut Up I Am Dreaming. While Sunset Rubdown may not have the instant accessibility of Wolf Parade, the band certainly points to the talent that Krug certainly possesses.

Krug seems to have a kitchen sink approach towards Sunset Rubdown…throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. The opening two tracks sound remarkably like Wolf Parade b-sides that were inexplicably left off of Aplogies To The Queen Mary. “Stadiums And Shrines II”, comes to a close with the incredibly simple lyrical prase of I’m sorry anybody dies at all these days before climaxing in an instrumental flourish. The next song, “They Took A Vote And Said No” follows a similar pattern as the first. The third track, “Us Ones In Between” showcases a different side of Krug’s songwriting. The song is more downtempo and it spotlights Krug’s vocals and his lyrical deftness with the line of I’ve heard of creatures who eat their babies/I wonder if they stop to think about the taste. The desolate sound of “The Empty Threads Of Little Lords” starts off with the disturbing lines of If I ever hurt you it will be in self-defense. The back-up choir adds to the ominous vocals of Krug. The songs seem to lose a bit of their swagger when they run too long. Two of the latter tracks go over the seven minute mark which simply causes the album to lose some of its steam.

There are surely some deficiences on Shut Up I Am Dreaming. Some songs simply run too long. The quality control is not always top notch. You can sometimes tell that this is more of a side project affair for Krug. However, with all that being said, Shut Up I Am Dreaming is a remarkable achievement for Krug and his bandmates. Krug has firmly implanted himself into elite songwriter territory. Here’s hoping that Krug can continue to balance it all and find the time he needs for future Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown affairs.

RIYL: Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes, Destroyer

Listen: Sunset Rubdown – Stadiums And Shrines II (mp3)


  1. I didn’t see Jeff Buckley in your run down – I think with the eclectic format that you enjoy – that you would totally DIG Jeff Buckley.

    He died a while back – but some of his music is just amazing. Not commercial – a little folksy, alternative, rock, blues all mixed together in his own crazy but amazing style.

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