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Get Him Eat Him
Geography Cones
Absolutely Kosher Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

August 1, 2005
Let's get this out of the way: Get Him Eat Him is Matt LeMay's band. Matt LeMay used to write for Pitchfork.

Any musician reading this must be thinking "Finally! Here's a chance for a critic to know what it feels like to have someone crap all over their art." Even if you're just a music fan, don't we all secretly enjoy seeing someone get their comeuppance? And what's more poetic than a former critic being criticized? Sure, as a fellow reviewer, it would be fun for me to give LeMay the business, using all of the creativity at my disposal to tear him up. I could even take a bad review he once wrote and rework it to fit his band - wouldn't that be clever and satisfying?

Well, I'm sorry, but I regret to inform you there will be no schadenfreude found here; Geography Cones is, in fact, an enjoyable debut album. LeMay and his bandmates Jason Sigal, Raf Spielman, Jeff Wood and Joe Posner have created twelve tracks of pleasingly jittery guitar pop that's just about impossible to hate.

For a young, new band, they made some very smart choices. Most of their songs clock in under the 3:30 mark, which is appropriate for this kind of guitar-bass-drums-keyboards-light electronics sound; anything longer would simply be self-indulgent. Most of the songs are upbeat, moving along crisply, but not wanting for hooks and melody. Album opener "The Celebration" has a Broken Social Scene feel to it, with layered guitar work and a deceptively complex arrangement. "Not Not Nervous" is joyous little song, with electronically altered vocal sections and a chorus that's catchy as anything I've heard all year.

LeMay himself - who wrote most of the songs and handles most of the vocals - shows a lot of promise. His voice has a nasal quality, sounding kind of like Ben Gibbard if the whininess was dialed down to a 5. The song writing is clever, without being to cute and precious (in most cases, anyway - there are a couple of "oh, come on already" turns of phrase sprinkled here and there).

Get Him Eat Him shouldn't get too big of a head about this - not everything on Geography Cones works. In particular, "Bad Thoughts" tries a 'geek boy talking dirty' routine that falls flat - let's leave the whispered nastiness to the Ying-Yang Twins, okay? Still, as a whole, the good by far outweighs the bad, making Geography Cones a success.

I will leave with a simple message to the people who may want to dislike this album on principle… a message to any band Matt LeMay might have scored lower than a 7.0… to Pitchfork-haters, to sadistic music snobs: get over it. Forget about your preconceived notions and visions of sweet revenge and let the pop pleasures of Get Him Eat Him simply win you over.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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