Sunday, August 19th, 2007
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 75
|Maserati / Inventions For The New Season (Temporary Residence)
It’s probably not a stretch to suggest that the members of Athens, Georgia’s Maserati are into cars. Beyond the band name, their new album could be the soundtrack for the car selection screen in Gran Turismo or whatever the gold standard is for video game console car racing titles is. It builds slowly but urgently, and when it finally explodes out of the pole position it leaves nothing but the tang of exhaust and a cloud of dust. At first listen you might want to lump them in with the instrumental post-rock herd but no other act has this much groove and propulsiveness under the hood. Thundering, psychedelic and hypnotic, Maserati is like their namesake – loud, fast and cooler than you.
|Minus The Bear / Planet Of Ice (Suicide Squeeze)
I don’t know why but I was always under the impression that Seattle’s Minus The Bear were a heavily electronic sort of rock band. And to be sure, there’s definitely a technological sheen that pervades their third record but it’s still very much a guitar rock record in the Pinback vein. The similarities are mostly drawn from Jake Snider’s vocals and the combination of complex rhythms and proggish song structures without sacrificing pop accessiblity but Minus The Bear are less tense and skittery and lean more towards – but don’t quite reach – danceable territory while throwing in some classic rock moves for good measure. Some of the production/mixing touches make for cool ear candy but I couldn’t help feel a bit disappointed in how conventional it all sounded. The record is out on Tuesday and they will be at the Opera House on October 1.