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The Beets
Stay Home
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The Beets' attitude is second to none and it serves them well. Their appeal is undeniable. Their sound takes pieces of all things 60's garage/pop with shards of punk and aggressive folk influences stuck throughout their never-over-three-minute tracks. The band consists of two ambiguous front men and a fantastically straight forward but aggressive surf-rock drummer. Juan Wauters and Jose Garcia share the responsibility of pelting out original lyrics that are honestly kind of too perfect and simple; some might call them reminiscent of early Beatles and the like. The actual delivery of the lyrics is quite similar to that of Royal Trux in that most of their tracks involve both front men singing two identical lines of lyrics at the same time, one a little higher and nasally, the other a little deeper, buried and equally as distorted or fuzzed out. Fans of Nobunny, Wavves, and Ty Segall will most likely feel right at home with this band.

Their current release is titled Stay Home. It is their second full length album and it dominates the sound they have developed. The success and impact of Stay Home as an album can probably be chalked up to their dedication to everything that makes them who they are. The first thing that The Beets should be commended for is completely overcoming the issues that usually come along with a sophomore album. To put it in perspective, a band like Smith Westerns who managed to over-polish a really simple and beautiful sound that was obviously too influenced by T. Rex not only managed to take their sound down a peg with their second full-length, but they also talked a big game in interviews that may or may not have really put a dent in the public's perception. With The Beets though, it is quite obvious that their origins are what are important to them. They have been known to be one of the most active local New York groups that don't seem to get caught up in music industry BS. After reading a few interviews and studying their albums, you could definitely say that Stay Home thrives on their dedication to their sound and their local heritage.

The stand out hit on the record is obviously "Watching TV". The video that was released in support of the song not only compliments the original track, but really gives a good insight into who The Beets really are. The video seems like a beautiful afterthought, sort of a tongue in cheek low budget joke. The opening track "Cold Lips " is also enticing, with a slight folk influence that stands out from the rest. "Cold Lips" is just one example of a multitude of tracks from The Beets that could probably sneak into the Animal House soundtrack or possibly even one of those Nuggets compilations without anyone noticing. On the whole, the album sticks close to the comfort of their home sound, but a few tracks like "Cold Lips" and "Flaxing Seed " venture out a little bit. The one track that really sticks out as a different sound for them would have to be "Flight 14". Like the other tracks, it's got a few loveable and negligible blunders, but the delivery and production of the guitar is a little more hi-fi than the rest and almost sounds like something from The Meat Puppets. All in all, fans of the genre and anything similar should definitely spend twenty-eight minutes getting to know these guys. People unfamiliar with the joy of lo-fi punk attitude garage pop may want to avoid this one; it would be a shame for ignorance to get in the way of such devotion and raw power…

-brad knain

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