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The Waxwings
Let's Make Our Descent
Rainbow Quartz Records
www.thewaxwings.com


Like all good things coming back around, there seems to be a resurgence in psychedelic rock over the past six months or so. I, for one, am very happy about it. Some bands are simply regurgitating the sounds and themes of the late 60's, but other bands, like The Waxwings, are re-inventing the genre - making it their very own. Instantly recognizable are the jangly lightly distorted guitars and brittle cymbal sounds, as the band maintains a certain familiarity and ties to the garage psych of The Who's early recordings. But the songs are pure Waxwings.

The opening strains of "Steady As Starlight" immediately draw the listener into the music, with it's Parson's era Byrds sounding guitars and vocal harmonies. The Byrds' influence is clear in the guitar work and song structure as well. "Leave Less Waiting" is a piece closer to the blues-flavored psychedelic rock of the golden era, evoking thoughts of paisley guitars and hippy tunics. "All The Fuss" with its thin guitars and driving beats is pure rock genius. The guitars of "On For Tomorrow" are a tribute to the early recordings of Keith Richards, whose Rolling Stones obviously played a large part in the musical upbringing of this Detroit band. The track is soulful and has just the right amount of jump to make your feet unable to be still.

This record from the heartland of America's industrial complex proves once again that the working men are the force that will shape rock music. The music of the people. The music of freedom. The music of the young and creative masses. Hopefully there is more of this to come.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:

1. Steady As Starlight
2. Leave Less Waiting
3. All The Fuss
4. On For Tomorrow
5. Answer To Me
6. Of Late
7. Never So Clear
8. Expected Of You
9. Sky's A Mirror
Every Light You See


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