The Dream that Stuff Was
outfits only get the fast/slow/fast routine down pat and completely
overlook that band's real charm -- their inventive quirkiness. The sizzle
wasn't in the pop-funlove of "Here Comes Your Man," it was in
the '50s-schlock horror weirdness of "Debaser" and
"Tame." That said, Starlight Mints gets it and gets it good.
They've managed to apply the Pixies spirit to their own unique,
violin-driven sound. Allan Vest's vocals have that slacker-freakshow
quality and just the right amount of Black Francis snarl, while Marian
Love Nunez adds the needed Kim Deal-shriek accompaniment. Most tracks open
with baroque cello or violin before exploding into some big choppin'
guitars and slab o' drums. They're slaves to the hooks, however, and
that's a good thing. Standouts: the wee opener "Submarine #3,"
the whistle-accompanied "The Bandit," and the pouty,
violin-intro-ed "Air Prize." Addictive and cool.
Published in The Omaha Weekly Aug. 24, 2000. Copyright ©
2000 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.