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Sort of reviews of lesser known East Coast magical rock bands
- Subject: Sort of reviews of lesser known East Coast magical rock bands
- From: Tara Lee Wittchen <tlwittch\!/acs.ucalgary.ca>
- Date: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 02:45:43 -0700 (MST)
Got a *few* things to say here...first, Junos schmunos...
Second, it's totally wicked to seek out East Coast music by your favorite
bands via sloan net...but you know what's even better?? :) Checking out
the stuff that sloan net kids themselves are putting out. You might be a
little apprehensive at first, because after all, they aren't on murder or
cinnamon toast and no one has ever heard of them...I'm not trying to dis
murder bands or ct bands, cause you know I love them to death. I just
would like to encourage everyone here to contact the kids behind some of
the lesser known, less appreciated bands. Your ears will thank you for
this magical music.
If you aren't particularly interested in my reaction to some of the music
put out by these bands, then by all means do not read on. If however, you
have yet to hear these bands and want to have indie cred ;)...read on,
especially if you haven't already seen reports on these bands (ie. new
After waiting for two months, Catano finally made me my Raleigh Sport's
Greatest Hits ;) and Prizewinner's Collective (Popularity Contest, Kiss
Daddy Goodbye, Preppy Relatives, State Champs) mixed tape (with some
special bonu$ tracks, too) and mailed it off...When I heard Raleigh
Sport (now State Champs, version II) tracks like
"Simply Stated", "The Powerful Pageant" and "Rotten to the Core", I felt
the same way I did the first time I heard the Peter EP by Eric's Trip. I
thought, this isn't *normal* music, this is some very cool weird stuff
happening here and I should be grateful that I have been allowed to hear
it. I'm not kidding. The best part of all is that instead of having to
wish that one day I could talk to the musicians behind the song (ie. the
way I feel about eric's trip), I already know them, sorta. If you like
stuff like GOOD Sebadoh, the rockin' Eric's Trip stuff (like "Listen" or
"I'm so near here", maybe), Pavement (the good quiet stuff that even I
can stand...), Guided By Voices, or maybe even Superchunk, then please
please please write and ask about this tape. For those who don't know...
Mike Catano - mcatano\!/is.dal.ca
Jon Dacey - sbailly\!/linden.msvu.ca
Mark Mullane - mullanem\!/is.dal.ca
They can all sing. Cool.
You can also read about them in Joey Joey #2...out soon...
The three other bands that appear on the Prizewinner Compilation are
truly fascinating to listen to. I found myself completely intrigued with
Emily Duke's lyrics (Popularity Contest) and her sweet but not
suckylittlegirl voice...(you know, that Juliana Hatfield
syndrome...yuk). It's wicked to hear a female vocalist being able to sing
sweetly without appearing childlike. Her voice is very honest. Listmanagerboy
tells me she doesn't even use a pick when she plays...cool! :)
email Emily at af408\!/cfn.cs.dal.ca
Kiss Daddy Goodbye make a lot of fuzzy noise and are soft and harsh all
at the same time, in both their music and lyrics. I wish I was cool
enough to think of a band to compare them to, but I can't. Think whispery
but superdistorted vocals, slow tempo, oh so cool... hmmm, maybe some of
the really cool and fucked up Sonic Youth songs...
The fourth band on this 8 song compilation is Preppy Relatives. Again,
think quiet, subtle, gorgeous noise. Wicked low raspy vocals...his vocals
(I think it's Gord, but it could be Warren...sorry) sort of remind me of the
same style Al Tuck has in a weird way. Catchy as all hell rhythm.
I mentioned them on Friday, but I'll do it again now. Steaming Toolie.
Why can't my city have bands this cool playing here? All of Fredricton
should get down on its knees and just BEG them to stay forever...this
tape has the strongest, best vocals I've heard on an independent release
in ages. You know how a lot of bands really rock but you wish they
could get a real singer? The Toolie kids have TWO real singers and
they work well together on each track. This music is challenging
in that it utilizes all kinds of "instruments" (ie. water glasses,
sleigh bells) but it's also accessible in that indie pop kind of
way, just catchy and wicked. Lots of funny stuff in between songs...sweet
songs to make you swoon, dirgy noisey stuff for the headbanger inside of
all us, vocals cooler than a meat locker.
They remind me of what George, John, Paul and Ringo might have been doing
if they were college kids now...What if Robert Pollard of gbv :) had
jammed with John?... sweet, addictive, mind altering. Like
eating too much of your favorite kind of candy, you're going to get
a wicked buzz in your head but your sticky smile lets everyone know
how truly happy you are.
email jon at J1WL\!/unb.ca and ask nicely for the magical dulse wrapped
musical delights of steaming toolie.
I know they aren't East Coast, but they deserve a mention cause they'll
be on the Les Amis Du Sloan tape...b^ehl are delicate and sweet and
beautiful indie pop, complete with xylophones. check 'em out c/o Matt
Lazowski of endearing records...
I hope you'll all put out a few dollars and help out your friends cause
not only is it a wicked thing to do, but these bands are all really worth it!
Thanks to all of them for letting me hear their music. :) :) I love you all.
Have a happy week, sloan net kids! :) :)
"verbose as fuck"
ps/ Jon was right about the thing re: phoning up some kid on sloan
net...you might find yourself wondering where this person has been all
your life. AGT and Sprint Canada are making a killing off me. Just make
sure to stay off the modem once in a while, right patty? :)
we need you to rescue us JOEY JOEY
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