Absolutely Kosher Records
your typical indie rawk, considering
the fact that the Jones brothers are brothers, and there ain't nothing
here but baritone guitar, drums and someone's nerdy, nasal voice.
The brothers Jones are Cameron, who played with Pinback, Thingy
and Physics; and Ryan, who managed to lure Cameron from San Diego
to Portland for this project.
Part of it sounds like
something that would be on a K Records sampler (the indie folk "Empty,"
the luring "Victoria"). More often, though, the dynamic
duo tries to crunch (the angry "Ode to Masturbation,"
stumbling howler "TV," the wandering "Someone Stole
My Fucking CD's") like arty, arch-indie Pixies rock fodder
that more often than not flips over on itself when you least expect
it. The narrow, minimalist compositions make up for their unfortunate
habit of shifting gears a la prog right in the middle of a hopeful
There's plenty of melody
to go around, but the Joneses seem dead-set on ambushing it whenever
they can, leaving you feeling restless, confused and slightly disappointed.
When they stick to the
plan, though, like on the wonderfully catchy "Another Chance
to Fuck Up," they run the board with sheer slacker brilliance.
Unfortunately, those moments are few and far between.
Posted March 23, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
Joneses seem dead-set on ambushing it whenever they can, leaving
you feeling restless, confused and slightly disappointed."