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And now more clips from Soundcheck Magazine
June 16, 2009, 1:09 am
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We Are The Physics

We Are The Physics Are Ok At Music

This is Fake DIY

We Are The Physics really are ok at music; the album title does not lie. This Glasgow four-piece presents a record that explodes with raw energy and a unique style. Though their creative mix comes from a mass of influences, the ones that come through most clearly are Devo, Art Brut, and Battles. The quick beats and math-y quality of We are the Physics’ songs, combined with high-energy yelling and punk excitement, makes for an exciting twelve tunes. 

While their songs maintain an upbeat energy, all of the bombast does get slightly tiring–but the band redeems its energy with songs that sport titles like “Drawing Anarchy Signs On Your Pencil Case Is Redundant.” The guitar has an unmistakable buzz that is both alarming and catchy: it pulls the listener into their abrasive-but-fun songs. “You Can Do Athletics, BTW” enters in a way that sounds like a Battles tune with quick, fast, electronically-distorted singing, then quickly breaks down to dance-rock vocals and chugging guitar juxtaposed against high-pitched vocals. The bass beats are funky and mathematic as the song melds together in a mashing of noise with catchy sing-screaming over top.

So for the occasions when one might like to explode her brain with distorted vocals and smashing instrumentals, We Are The Physics are the perfect ensemble to do it. Though if math itself blows your mind, it may be best to stick to spastically dancing to the album instead.

-Lauren Piper

http://www.soundcheckmagazine.com/reviews/album-reviews/722-review-we-are-the-physics-we-are-the-physics-are-ok-at-music

 

Canopy

Canopy//Anopy

Autobus Records

There’s a mellow, laid-back atmosphere to this, Praveen Ayyagari’s debut EP, featuring guest performances by members of Tacks, the Boy Disaster, and White Denim. Canopy//Anopy is altogether refreshing, chock full of thick, chunky guitar stylings; a severe, fun-yet-poppy edginess; and a droning quality reminiscent of Broadcast. 

This EP contains only five songs, but they are jam-packed with elevated keys, light and flowing xylophone, and fizzling electronic bits. “Narrow Bones” begins with solid rocking acoustic guitar layered with keys, and speeds up to a gentle folk-rock chorus. The singing is amazingly happy and sweet without being over-the-top or cloying. Doubling up on vocals, “The Listener” brings in brassy horns in low and quick staccato as the keyboards sway into higher octaves. “Everybody Trips a Little Now and Then” is another stand out, and plods along with minimalist, hollow clanking sounds and guitar plucks. Ayyagari’s high pitched but controlled vocals glide along with the instrumentation, and throughout the album, the spells of xylophones keep a sweet and majestic beat. 

Upon a brisk listen, Canopy could easily get categorized as just fun indie-pop with clever lyrics and stylistic instrumentals. This isn’t a bad thing per se, but Ayyagari takes it one step further. He uses mild, experimental aspects of electronic noise, glittering guitar solos, horns, and jazzy drums to create a subtle smattering of sounds wrapped up in a neat package. There is a depth to the excited tones in the music that expresses the time, effort and talent that went into creating this album. One can only wait and see what is next to come from this multi-talented musician.

-Lauren Piper

Original Clip can be found at http://www.soundcheckmagazine.com/reviews/album-reviews/88888914-albumreviews/584-review-canopy-canopyanopy



Some Blog Posts for Soundcheck Magazine
June 14, 2009, 7:53 pm
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The Von Bondies:

We Are Kamikazes Aiming Straight For Your Heart [EP].

Self-released. Available Now.

 

A subdued version of what was once edgy garage rock, We Are Kamikazes… causes much confusion with its whiny vocals, cheesy keys, and lack of sassy female singing. It sounds like it’s trying so hard that the result is sloppy. I was so caught off guard by the lack of originality compared to their last release, Pawn Shoppe Heart, that I forgot about my boiling water on the stove, and ten minutes later, the smell of burnt metal filled the air. I blame Jason Stollsteimer, the band’s lead, completely for the tea I could not drink due to the lack of fiery, energetic rock songs on this record. -Lauren Piper

 

Justice of the Unicorns

Angels with Uzis

Little Lamb Recordings

Available March 11, 2008

 

Justice of the Unicorns must not have realized that, even with cute pop album art and clever song titles, talent still matters. Despite ironic titles like “McCarren Pool” and “The King of the Trailer Park,” Angels with Uzis lacks stylistic character and poorly mimics other artists like the Flaming Lips and Mates of State. The male-female vocals are often off-key and stagger through a blandly unmemorable jumble of instruments. Even with an “Intro” and “Outro” that reinforce the theme of Angels with Uzis, this Brooklyn collective has failed to measure up to their indie-rock image. -Lauren Piper