Sunday, January 29th, 2006
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 21
|Maryrose Crook with The Renderers / Ghosts Of Our Vegas Lives (3 Beads Of Sweat)
A longtime mainstay of the New Zealand underground music scene, Maryrose Crook and her band The Renderers will release Ghosts Of Our Vegas Lives on February 7, some two plus years after it was originally recorded. Consider Jesse Syles fronting the Bad Seeds and you’re in the ballpark. Her smoky, mournful vocals blend with The Renderers’ ghostly, mildly creepy backings to create a work of atmospheric, gothic country noir. The album starts out in rather somnambulant territory but on later tracks like “Blood Of The Angels” and “Sea Of Total Darkness”, they raise the tension and energy levels to rather electrifying effect before closing with the gentle “Outgoing Queen”. It’s like moving from an unsettling dream to full-out nightmare before waking up. Catbirdseat calls it “David Lynch-ian”, and that’s as good a description as any. Recommended.
|Jonny Lives! / Get Steady! (Eleven Seven Music)
The press release for Jonny Lives! overreaches a bit by initially comparing New York’s Jonny Lives! to The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Who, but comes down to reality later on in namechecking Fountains Of Wayne and The Mooney Suzuki. This EP, which precedes their debut full-length due out in May, is pretty straightforward power-pop delivered with a good amount of energy and attitude, but thankfully no snottiness. They’re may not stand out in the crowd on paper, but they’ve got the potential to churn out that one hit single that will get in everyone’s faces and be horribly annoying after a couple weeks/months – probably via a soundtrack – but make the band rich. And really, isn’t that what music is all about?
np – Cat Power / The Greatest