Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Past Lives: Strange Symmetry EP
(Suicide Squeeze)
release: November 4, 2008
style: indie art rock
[rating: ***] For whatever reasons they had, the Blood Brothers broke up and most of them continued as Past Lives. Now, i can understand the transition of a band like Slowdive. They evolved from something that arguably peaked in the early 1990s to the simpler Mojave 3, which shed all the guitar effects and ethereal vocals. But Past Lives? Where's the evolution? It's most of the Blood Brothers and there is little change to the sound. Well to be fair, Past Lives doesn't scream and sound like they're wrecking their instruments. They brought the volume and intensity down a few notches, perhaps cause they're older now. -Kenyon


Andy said...

I just don't get the BB dudes. I used to LOVE these guys (circa "March On Electric Children") and still really like them...but they have this penchant for forming "side projects" that sound JUST like BB and feature all the same dudes. The Vogue, Soiled Doves, Neon Blonde, Jaguar Love, and on and on...

Marcus K. said...

I think you're right that they brought the intensity down, but they also seem to have lost some of the passio, which is sad to see.

I'm loving the blog - keep up the good work!

- Marcus K., Stereokill