Monday, April 21, 2008

Tin Bangs - [Toronto] - influenced by a wide range of the best in rock with a number of great tunes to show for it, Tin Bangs' exciting rock 'n' rolling post-post-punk dance is the best new thing i've heard this weekend. no, THIS WEEK. think the futureheads or a happier editors or the first bravery record without synth. they somehow, someway opened for the killers, editors and art brut and don't even have a record label. can you feel the BUZZ!?! it's getting me so high right now. they need a different band name though. anyway, Tin Bangs has flashes of rock fathers echo and the bunnymen and david bowie to name a few. and here's a cliche statement i never use: we will be hearing more about this band in the near future. oh snap! rockin video for "the skinny" at their myspacey. get jealous. i already am! so jealous. please, tin bangs, stop making me jealous. -Kenyon

Luke Sneyd - [Toronto] - Sneyd and his band are like fresh minty breath after brushing your teeth thoroughly. sharing the style of sloan or brendan benson, the bubblegummish power pop addresses the usual array of subject matter (loss, alienation, politics). songs like "unknown," "timeless" and "waiting," however, are lovable enough that those subjects are overshadowed.
Come on Caboose - [Ohio] - singer / songwriter Coran Stetter and drummer Eric Simonds "had just about enough with revolving door line ups in previous bands filled with all talk no walk musicians". boo hoo. have you been to iraq lately? okay okay, i dig what you're saying. then they met each other and discussed committment. they recruited two other guys and now they have some song. "organs" is semi-breezy indie pop/rock ala the 1990s, while the pina colada bassline leads into the decent but not so interesting "hot iron."
cherryaxe - [Boston] - the first two songs provided are badly recorded and badly sung lo lo-fi indie-folk. Toy piano and accordion cancels out some of the badness. The other two fair better. "Febreze" drops the porch-folk for indie rock, which works better for cherryaxe. "Fresh Vegetables," although it switches to acoustic folk with banjo, is very very very serious.


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