Sunday, January 21st, 2007
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 63
|Oxford Collapse / Remember The Night Parties (SubPop)
“He’ll Paint While We Play”, the atmospheric opening track on the debut full-length from Oxford Collapse, moves at a slow, stately pace but this is a tease – the Brooklyn trio are really about bringing the rock out in classic American indie rock fashion. Take some early Superchunk, maybe some Versus, filter through the present-day post-punk revival while retaining a solid pop sense and you’re in the ballpark. Guitars jangle and stab, the rhythm section is muscle-y in all the right places and Michael Pace shouts as much as sings but surprisingly doesn’t annoy me (yet). No ground is being broken but it being lovingly tended. The Oxford Collapse are at Lee’s Palace next Sunday, January 28, with Thunderbirds Are Now! and Rock Plaza Central.
|Youth Group / Casino Twilight Dogs (Epitaph)
Epitaph is a label that made its name putting out in-your-face Californian punk rock, but none of that’s in evidence on the new album from Australia’s Youth Group, released there last Summer but out in North America on Tuesday. Instead, they’re bringing the world a glistening collection of sincerely heart-on-sleeve pop that sounds not a little like a lost album from James. While all quite pretty if a bit innocuous, their cover of Alphaville’s “Forever Young” is surely what stands out the most – not so much for their execution, which is fairly rote, but the simple fact that they tackled maybe the ultimate 80s synth-cheese anthem and did so with as much earnestness as the original and a straight face. Coming soon (yet again) to a high school prom near you (or Canberra). But considering the single appeared on The O.C. and netted them a #1 single in Australia, it’s entirely possible/probable that they knew exactly what they were doing.