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The Ordinary
Don't Let Me Die A Waiter
Audiction
www.theordinarynyc.com


Not only are they weary of a menial service position, but they're rebelling against a decade of boring British pop. Fans of Oasis and Radiohead may be turned off by the tendency to rock. Part of this blame goes to the four New Yorkers backing Jamie Sweetman's Liverpuddlian rantings. High on American fuel, the Englishman spits blasts of acid over combustible lyrics like: "I don't want to get into a title bout/I got a heavenly tv and radio/and I don't want to be a part of your fashion show/ I wonder what high society is doing tonight/ I want to go and see the supermodels fight, fight, fight." In the grand tradition of McClusky and The Libertines, their middle-class frustration is too pissed off to indulge in self-pity. Sweetman brings the heat down to simmer on "Pretty People" but you feel it bubbling and building. He does a neat trick of pulling his measures up to a vulnerable crack, almost emulating the harmonics the guitar is producing.

When they vent, the exhaust is made up of aggressive rock and roll with a punk singer clinging to the hood. At this velocity you just have to belt it out, damn the torpedoes and pitch will have to catch up where pitch can. It may not be pretty but it sure is beautiful. The vehicle is a great storming bass by Josh Kemp driving monumental guitar riffage and rolling, rumbling, smashing drums from Josh "Robo" Tussin. Jonny Nassau and Nick Zelletz produce the most satisfyingly edible, explosive riffs I've heard in years. There's a low-slung approach at work that goes over well in biker bars and prison-yard beatings. Beyond the tea and cheeseburger esthetic, The Ordinary have set themselves apart with an exciting and irresistible sound. I do think fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club may find an interest.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:
1. Summer in The Weeds
2. Sweet Rotten Apples
3. Klepto Wives
4. Pretty People
5. TV and Radio


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