Posted by: will | July 18, 2007

Quick Hits…

Bad Brains “Build A Nation” (Megaforce)

I have never been a big fan of Bad Brains so it is hard for me to truly understand Build A Nation. For their fans, is it a return to form or yet another failure at a reunion? I have no clue. All I can say is that I could not manage to make it through the entire album. Take that for what it is worth.


Patient Patient “Professionals And Convicts” (Self-Released)

If you dig early Radiohead or Muse this Seattle band should be right up your alley. The band sounds straight out of the UK scene and definitely heavily influenced by many a british rock band. The band is quite good at what they do. The only question is if the band’s sound is up your alley. Unfortunately, for me, they are not.


Action Reaction “3 Is The Magic Number” (Hope Division/Equal Vision)

While I enjoyed Jason Gleason as the vocalist on Further Seems Forever’s second album, How To Start A Fire, Action Reaction is another story. Gleason has a great set of pipes and he never fails to show that off all over 3 Is The Magic Number. Unfortunately, it does not keep this record afloat. Action Reaction is like a cross between a generic emotional rock band (take your pick) and Muse. While that might leave me running for the door, I can see a lot of people being into this record. So, to each their own.


Lillydale “The Art Of Becoming One’s Shadow” (Mt. Fuji)

Lillydale play solid indie rock with some emo tendencies. This album would fit right in on Saddle Creek. Male/female vocals lead the way as the album sounds incredibly familiar. Unfortunately, while that may endear the album at the beginning, things do get a bit monotonous towards the end. There is definitely promise shown here though. With a little more time, that promise could lead to big things for Lillydale. A nice effort.


The Challenger Deep “The Challenger Deep” (Self-Released)

When listening to these five songs it certainly makes sense that these guys hail from San Diego. John Reis would certainly be proud as the Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes stamp is all over these five songs. For fans of mathy, meaty rock The Challenger Deep are certainly a band to watch out for.


The Western States Motel “The Western States Motel” (Firebird Field)

This debut delivers nothing but solid indie pop/rock. Much in the vein of The Eels, Grandaddy or even The Shins, many of the songs here are absolute gems. However, the consistency of the aforementioned bands alludes The Western States Motel at times. That can certainly be overlooked as this is only a debut. This debut is certainly one that should be noticed.


Cat-A-Tac “Past Lies And Former Lives” (Needlepoint)

This Denver band throws a little bit of everything into their sound. The band mixes pop, shoegaze and a little rock together to make an intriguing mixture. What comes out is often quite desirable even if the lyrics leave a a little to be desired. One thing is fairly certain when listening to Past Lies And Former Lives…Cat-A-Tac have the talent to do something special in the future.


Kate Havnevik “Melankton” (Universal)

Miss the trip-hop/electronica sounds of Portishead? I suggest you give Kate Havnevik a listen. The Norwegian artist has a sound quite similar. Havnevik’s sound is bit more airy and light though. Often Havenevik’s songs are even comparable to Bjork’s more whimsical material. While Kate Havenevik does not reside in genres I tend to frequent often, Melankton is an album I enjoyed listening to a great deal.


Fields “Everything Last Winter” (Columbia)

Fields are a British band and Everything Last Winter is the band’s debut album. The problem is that after the 10 song, 49 minute debut has finished there is not much left to remember the band by. The album never seems to go anywhere even though it sounds fantastic. Perhaps that is the downfall though as legendary producer Michael Beinhorn seems to over produce and in turn suck out the band’s spirit. What is left is a lack of direction behind these ten songs. That is a shame cause this band is capable of much more.


The Horrors “Strange House” (Stolen Transmission)

London’s The Horrors are the perfect example of hype gone very bad. I was skeptical reading the press. But now after listening to Strange House I am completely dumbfounded. Tell me how in the world this band deserves such notoriety? Please somebody tell me! If the band tried half as hard at writing good songs as they did in creating their ridiculous persona then they might have been on to something. Sadly, The Horrors are all style over substance. If that excites you, go right ahead and scoop Strange House right up.


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