Guest review by Stephen
is a rock band from Canada. Their website describes them as "post-punk"
which is not only incorrect, it is an insult to both punk rock and
everything that followed it. Sprawl is neither pre-punk, pop-punk,
quasi-punk, neo-punk or even faux-punk. Sprawl is ordinary and not
much more. Their songs attempt to use transparent melodies in an
attempt to write "catchy" tunes but inevitably the songs
all sound like they were written in one setting, probably fueled
by a session of chain smoking, cable TV and lite beer. Sprawl sound
very "radio-ready" and they probably lie awake at night
dreaming of storming onto TRL by flailing in front of the cameras
with their "uncontrollable intensity" caused by their
"honest songs." If Sarah Veladora is a real person I'd
recommend she get a sex change, move to another country and find
work as a longshoreman.
Posted Dec. 12,
2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
is neither pre-punk, pop-punk, quasi-punk, neo-punk or even
faux-punk. Sprawl is ordinary and not much more."
does he know?
Slick Guided by
Voices-style rock and roll, and from a bunch of freakin' Canadians
to boot. You could diss this as another Pollard-spoogefest,
except the music is more influenced by -- than a copy of --
GBV. Sprawl takes their American-as-Brit-pop formula and adds
their own unique crunch. Ralph Kircher's low, nasal yowl is
sleepy and endearing, like a lovesick computer nerd going
on and on about his girlfriend or J Mascus with a coffee buzz.
I like the rocking rockers more than I like the rocking ballads
(which border on spacey kid's stuff).