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Building a Building
Deep Elm Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

February 18, 2000
Building a Building opens up with a fifty-six second acoustic track that serves as a countdown to the rest of the album. When "Smoke Cigarettes" begins, it could be very aptly accompanied by "Liftoff."

Slowride is a catchy, emotional band that has more in common with the forward stylings of bands such as Burning Airlines and Jets to Brazil. As such, they tend to use their weapons aggressively rather than claiming themselves unarmed. Post-rock, steely guitars abound, and tough vocals match volatile sentiment.

"Panther 1" is punchy, and thick in the muck of adventurism. There is a very primal piece in Slowride's effectiveness, like having been let loose in the wild, but being fully able to defend oneself. Tracks are crisp and biting, full of power and the ability to move.

"New and Entitled" even shows that the band can skillfully harmonize above the tribal drumming and bold moves. They have a grasp on classic songwriting and melody beneath the brash exterior, and it serves them well. They are indeed cut from a similar cloth as Jawbox, weaving surprisingly recognizable melodies through a raw and jaded mask. Likewise, they are able to follow a proven formula while still sounding fresh and varied on every track.

While the acoustic tracks like "Sacrifice and Empathy" do wear a little thin when one has been shown the band's fully furious capability, this is an album full of singly significant tracks that stand ably on their own. Overall, Building a Building is immediately impressive, yet it will only show its true potency after being a bit worn. Upon repeat listens, this album transforms from a wholly exciting rarity to a modern mainstay.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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