Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start
Perris, CA EP
post-punk jangular outfits are a dime-a-dozen these days. Or are
they? All's I can tell you that the number of Superchunk-meets-Cursive
discs that land in my mailbox rivals the avalanche of AOL start-up
discs that haunt us all, and often land in the same place.
Up, Up, Down, Down (which,
I think, references some sort of old cheater code for the Nintendo
NES game system) lives in the same jangular territory, but makes
its own mark thanks to swinging guitars riffs so big they're downright
brazen. Between the jangle and the angle are power chops subtle
as an ocean wave you can just tell is gonna knock you on your ass.
Their post-punk indie
rawk noise pushes the genre in the right direction, with both finely
crafted tunesmanship and enough guitar gronk to please the most
die-hard Fuguzi fan. Though I've cast them in with Cursive, Criteria
is a more appropriate brethren, thanks to their scream-along melodies
(see the anthemic "Come Away") that break through the
chiming noise with white-knuckle rigor. The lyrics -- short and
to the point -- barely outline a relationship in this modern world,
but that's okay. The carefully selected words are a perfect compliment
to this carefully written music. (Inspirational verse: "They'll
never mistake you for me 'cause I'm mean"). And with five
good songs out of five (no filler), it's more evidence that EPs
are probably the way to go.
Posted Dec. 4,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
the jangle and the angle are power chops subtle as an ocean
wave you can just tell is gonna knock you on your ass."