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Maserati/ Cinemechanica/ We Versus The Shark
Split EP
Hello Sir Records
www.hellosirrecords.com


So, once again, Athens, GA gives the world a musical force worth taking note of. Newly formed Hello Sir Records is quickly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and this split EP gives you three good reasons why this is so.

Maserati fits somewhere between dream pop and punk rock; not quite lifeless enough to be shoegaze, but not quite abrasive enough to be punk. "Towers With Wires" is a beautiful song, full of noisy guitars and driving rhythms. "Asymetrical Threats" is lighter fare, with delayed guitars and rolling drumbeats. This band is one to watch. Their sound is brazen and distinctive, and intrinsically beautiful. And for a band without vocals, their music is very interesting, with enough changes and substance to keep the ear engaged.

Cinemechanica fits somewhere between the college rock that we all know Athens for and the newer wave of indie punk/ math rock. The rhythms are captivating, guitar tones are varied and interesting, and the musicianship is second to none. Both of the songs from Cinemechanica on this split EP contain tasty bits for just about every ear. "The Professor Burns Vegas" is an instrumental track filled with sounds and time signatures that never allow the ear to become complacent. "I'm Tired Of Paul McCartney", other than being a sentiment we can all agree with, is a lively track, full of hardcore math rock time changes and the tightest drumming I've heard in years.

We Versus The Shark are well known for their incredible musicianship, and these two tracks do not disappoint. Bordering math rock and punk rock, this band is making waves all over the country with their unique sound. I would call them a noisier, more abrasive version of The Fall out on a date with Rush. Not normally my type of thing, the music is a bit more harsh than my ears tend towards, but there is plenty of beauty in the underlying melodies. Carefully hidden at times, but most certainly there. "See Carolina's Fastest Trees" is a speeding track of shouted alternating boy/girl vocals and spy theme style guitars. "This Graceless Planet" is filled with the kind of guitar playing that would make Robert Fripp sit up and take notice. I predict great things for this band.

You heard it here first. Hello Sir Records is on the brink of becoming a mainstay of the Dischord style punk scene and beyond. Strange stuff to be coming out of Athens, GA… but well worth taking a bit of notice.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:

1. Maserati - Towers Were Wires
2. Maserati - Asymetrical Threats
3. Cinemechanica - The Professor Burns Vegas
4. Cinemechanica - I'm Tired Of Paul McCartney
5. We Versus The Shark - See Carolina's Fastest Trees
6. We Versus The Shark - This Graceless Planet


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