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Silent Kids
Dinosaurs Turn Into Birds
Two Sheds Music
www.silentkids.com


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…

Atlanta.

Georgia.

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.)

-JD

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