After listening to Dinosaurs Turn Into Birds I'd never have
believed that it was recorded anywhere other than Liverpool, England.
I mean, they've got a song called "Soccer Riot." We don't
even watch soccer over here, let alone write songs about it. But sure
enough, this is straight out of
This is Silent Kids' second release, but from what I've read
about the first album and the old lineup, I get the distinct impression
that this might sound more like a first release from a new band with
the same name. Regardless, I have a feeling that these kids won't
remain obscure for long. I was a bit surprised, actually, to see that
we hadn't written about them already, or that there wasn't much press
about them by the time I got around to hearing them. Their whole package
is so developed that they don't sound anything like newcomers. "Stars
and Rust" and "The Magic Faun" are bonafide hits waiting
to be heard; the sort I expect to hear as ad agencies try to sell
me Volkswagens or iPods. Not that I'm advocating that they "sell
out" or anything, but I could care less if they do. Musicians
already sell their art, so it matters little to me if that art is
used to sell something else.
The genre this band inhabits is basically "indie rock",
but there are elements of pop, psychedelic, garage, space and beach
as well. I hear riffs that remind me of Sweatmaster, The
Pixies, The Frenchmen, P and a host of others, but
they don't dwell in others' domains long enough to be so easily pigeonholed.
Another aspect of this band will appeal to audiophiles who love
old-school audio effects: There's a lot of low-tech distortion,
looping and feedback in here that is used to great effect creating
a unique audioscape (yes, a hackneyed word) in the time-honored
tradition of less yields more. And when I say "less",
I mean budget. This is a band that could be potentially ruined by
high production values, so I hope that if they strike it rich that
they waste their money on mansions, cars, women and booze while
they continue to strum away on the same old, quaint equipment that
made them sound great in the first place. (This is supposedly a
"studio" album though, so I don't think there's much to
fear that they are in any immediate danger of creating music that
sounds too polished.)
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