Sunday, November 26th, 2006
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 57
|Shotgun & Jaybird / Trying To Get Somewhere (Sappy)
Fun non-fact: The too-cute picture book bio for Shotgun & Jaybird claims the band gets their axe chops from many hours of playing Guitar Hero. Not that Trying To Get Somewhere is replete with guitar shredding, far from it – the latest from this
|Snowden / Anti-Anti (Jade Tree)
Strange thing about Atlanta’s Snowden – over the course of their full-length debut Anti-Anti, they crib from any number of indie and alt.rock influences from the past twenty years and yet none of them seem adequate or substantial enough to be good points of reference. But if you think this uncategorizability makes them especially fresh or unique, you’ll likely be disappointed – they end up sounding like fairly rote mid-aughts indie rock for the effort. By trying to blend so much into a single sound, they end up sort of like a music equivalent of V8 – looking and tasting like none of the ingredients on the label, but certainly not unpleasant for the fact and probably good for you. If I had to toss out some descriptors, however, I might say Interpol remixed for the dance floor, with the angst turned down, the groove turned up and the monotone vocals left exactly the same. There’s certainly more to them than this indicates, but if Snowden are V8 then Interpol would be the tomatoes. They’re at the Horseshoe this Friday with !Forward Russia!.