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Decibully
Sing Out America!
Polyvinyl Records
www.decibully.com


I've really got to hand it to a band that can effortlessly shoulder the burden of having upwards of ten members on stage at any given time. As a musician myself, I fully understand that this is no easy task in and of itself… Much more difficult a task is finding the sonic space for each of those players to fill, without mudding up the mix. Decibully has always been on top of their game, creating a strange pseudo-Americana indie rock sound that, simply put, is transcendent. Sing Out America! certainly creates no exceptions to the solid base that this band has created for itself over the past 4 or so years. This album is a rich tapestry of sound, evidenced by the sparse banjo lines and the thick, meaty guitars of the epic "I'm Gonna Tell You". The entire record is quality music, and ultra-solid, but I'd like to draw attention to at least one track that will appeal to such a wide audience that it bears mention. "Megan & Magill" is three minutes of pure indie bliss. The song is a perfect example of what the underground rock scene is capable of producing, far from the onus of major labels and high dollar producers. The song's drums roll solidly along, providing a perfect undercurrent for the driving, yet sparse, guitars and banjos. Not only does the music stand strong on its own, but William Seidel's lyrics have matured to the point of brilliance and magnificent poetry. The poppy and sublime track "Rid Of Me At Last" is filled with vivid imagery and prose: "Now every single day since Maddie went away/ well, I ain't been sleeping that well/ my nights are filled with noise, like her's are filled with boys/ but I'm not thinking 'bout her right now/ There are no more goodbyes once we've bitten off the ties/ to four buildings down/ and I will never walk those stairs again or taste the love of Madeline/ four buildings down/ all ghosts tend to be killers/ trying to warn us now they're gone/ somehow, we keep them around".

This is quality indie Americana that will appeal to the alt-country set as strongly as it will to the rock kids. This is music that demands to be heard. You won't be sorry. And try to go catch them live. It is an entirely amazing experience in its own right.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. I'm Gonna Tell You
2. Megan & Magill
3. Rid Of Me At Last
4. Notes To Our Leaders
5. Sing Out! Sing Out! Sing Out!
6. Let's Eat Our Mistakes
7. Temptation
8. Penny Look Down
9. Colorful Music
10. You & Me & Everyone


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