Monthly Archives: March 2007
(its out now, you should find it)
Though this Arizona quintet seems to draw from an amalgam of influences, they still retain a substantial amount of originality. The band so effortlessly combines some irrestible pop/rock melodies with the slightly less contrived sounds of the alt-country and folk rock domains. The raw, unrehearsed vocal stylings of frontman Ian Metzger only further contributes to the band’s signature rough and tumble sound. “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves” commences with a rousing, airy little acoustic romp before delving into the more acerbic (yet still completely delightful at the same time – if you can imagine that) and uninhibited sounds of “Sweet Talk.” While I assure you that the band’s debut is of the “do not press skip” type, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are a few tracks I hold more dear than others. “Daysleeper”, which appears in it’s original, unaffected demo version, is an acoustic testament to the ever so painful ordeal of unrequited love. “Happy In Love”, a minimalistic, ethereal ballad, as well “I’m Bored, You’re Amourous”, which renders a completely different mood, might just take the cake. Metzger’s incredibly fluid and conversational style of lyricism that pervades the entire disc simply makes it all the more compelling.
Debut records usually leave room to grow. Since the band has already crafted a stunning record in their early years, I can’t even imagine what they’re capable of at full capacity. Though it’s only Feburary, I can assure you that “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves” will see its way into my top 5 of 2007.
The weather here in London has been absolutely beautiful this past week or so – it has me pining for my summer out and about on the lakes in Minnesota. Perhaps the Twin Cities aren’t topping your list of places to visit – but I promise you…they should. My summer playlists consist largely of anything Americana. Limbeck mixes pop, rock and Americana to perfection. While I’ve stuck with tracks from the band’s previous releases, Let Me Come Home and Hi, Everything’s Great, they’re set to release their new disc on April 10th. Please, pick it up. I’m also just looking for an excuse to post their rendition of the Police’s “So Lonely.” I think it’s fantastic.
I love this song for no reason in particular. Dramarama was a fantastic band that, unfortunately, never really got much recognition. Though this track isn’t on it, they released their best disc, Cinema Veritae, in 1985. I suggest you pick it up if you’re a fan of either the Ramones or the Replacements (and who isn’t…) Frontman John Easdale’s likeness to Westerberg is kind of uncanny.