Friday, May 06, 2005
The Loud Report: 65daysofstatic, "Hole" and "I Swallowed Hard, Like I Understood"
Instrumental bands are difficult to trust these days - are they post-rockers who think they're jazz? Are they metalheads only more pretentious? Are they metalheads and not pretentious enough? A lot can go wrong. It isn't until you hear 65daysofstatic that you realize that what's going wrong in so much rock right now is the vocals, the damn depressive self-obsessed vocals that nobody thought to strip out of this kind of music before. By "this" I mean the current dreamy, slightly shoegazery trend in Britpop, with some glitch folded in, and all with that not-quite-metal indie guitar assault invented by Slint and perfected by Mogwai. With vocals, it could easily have stumbled and become annoying nu-metal. Without, it was still a big risk, but these kids are doing it beautifully and joyously. Try both of the tracks here; they're like Mogwai as a hyperactive video game soundtrack.
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