Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
CONTEST – The Diableros @ The Horseshoe – October 26, 2007
The Diableros’ first album You Can’t Break The Strings In Our Olympic Hearts was a head trip of swirling Farfisa and fuzz-drenched 12-string guitar pop that I liked as is but had many tempering their enthusiasm with complaints about the mix. Yeah, Pete Carmichael’s voice was low in the mix and the guitar and organ way up, but to me that was part of the rough charm of the record. We agreed to disagree.
But the band apparently took this to heart as their follow-up, Aren’t Ready For The Country, has a much more sensible mix – vocals up and guitars and organs turned down to a dull roar – and stretches out a bit more stylistically but it comes at the cost of some of the immediacy and energy of the first record. I guess you’d call that maturing and it’s reasonable to think that in time, its sophistication will grow on me and I might prefer it to its predecessor, but it’s not there yet.
But speaking of being there, the Diableros are holding a CD release show for the album at the Horseshoe this Friday and I’ve got two prize packs for it to give away. They consist of two passes to the show, a copy of the new album on CD and a limited-edition 7″ of “Working Out Words” from the first record on some dapper blue vinyl. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I’m Ready For The Country” in the subject line and your full name and mailing address in the email body. The CD and 7″ will be sent to you via mail. Contest closes Thursday night at 9PM.