nearly as controversial (or daring) as their name implies, their
sound lies somewhere in the territory between early Guided by Voices
and Apples in Stereo, thanks to the preponderance of top-down pop-melodies,
'60s sunshine harmonies, and a slight British inflection that's
more Kinks than Beatles. Despite their Hollies' harmonies, the alt-nostalgia
stops when the guitars kick in, though there's no denying that the
melodies -- sweet and effortless -- are straight out of yesterday
and impossible to ignore.
The Vancouver 6-piece
is considered a supergroup in their native land, with members from
such infamous underground outfits as Zumpano (lead vocalist Carl
Newman) and Destroyer (secret member/vocalist Dan Bejar), not to
mention living doll alt-country songster Neko Case. Together they
have a nose for hippy tunesmithing that breathes through all those
zinging guitars like too much sugar in your coffee. And if you're
like me, you always preferred three lumps (and no cream). No, not
every one of these little beauties contains a money shot, but there's
more than enough to get you off.
Posted May 4, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
not every one of these little beauties contains a money shot,
but there's more than enough to get you off."