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.
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
8. Penny Look Down
9. Colorful Music
10. You & Me & Everyone
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