Sunday, September 30th, 2007
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 78
|Pinback / Autumn Of The Seraphs (Touch And Go)
I find the sonics of Pinback fascinating. Rob Crow’s songs always seem to be on the verge of seething with tension and anxiety, but they’re always presented in these meticulously produced packages. The vocals are almost zen-like in their serenity, even when he’s raging at the mic, and the guitars – my latent guitar geek would love to know how they make a tone that I’d otherwise consider to be overly-clean, bordering on lifeless, sound so very much the opposite of lifeless. Like Summer In Abbadon before it, Autumn Of The Seraphs is a study in whispered screams and the lines between bared teeth and a grin, delivered in deceptive pop song trappings. Bracing stuff, and I’ll forgive the blatant Police rip that opens “Blue Harvest”.
Pinback are at the Opera House on October 12.
|Static Of The Gods / Cycles Follow Signs (Del Verano)
Boston boasts a strong tradition of turning out superb female-led power pop bands and though none of the members are Beantown natives, it’s in the footsteps of the likes of Juliana Hatfield, Belly and Fuzzy that Static Of The Gods seeks to follow. For the most part, they craft straightforward pop-rock in the mould of Letters To Cleo though Jen Johnson’s pipes are more muscular than Kay Hanley’s more girlish delivery. The power-trio arrangements are also leaner with a familiar blend of jangle and crunch and the songs are pleasantly melodic if a bit light in strong hooks, but I can’t help but wish they demonstrated more of the musical eccentricity and idiosyncrasies of their forebears. Maybe there just used to be something in the water.
Static Of The Gods are in town as part of Indie Week for a show at Rancho Relaxo on October 12.