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Farewell to Introductions
The Music Fellowship

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The last song on Farewell to Introductions, the new album by Maya Shore, called "Daytime TV," features the ironic line "Don't feel like sleeping, so someone pass the caffeine." Apparently, though, whoever singer Kelly Chambers was talking to totally left him hanging, as the songs produced by the emo-ish quartet could make even the world's worst insomniac take a nap.

It seems that somebody laced Maya Shore's indie rock bong with a shit load of emo, and at times, the band emerges from the smoke sounding like a bad version of Mineral (or any of their 8 million off-shoots). To their credit, though, when the band locks in on a certain drone or meanders along interesting guitar patterns, the blandness tends to drift away, and things start making sense.

Much of this happens when Chambers steps away from the mic and lets the music do the talking. The vocals, sung in a sort of nasally and off key manor, not unlike that of Mike Kinsella, really take away from some of the well placed cello and keyboard contributions that filter throughout the album.

As stated, the band scores highly in their more instrumental moments, especially on the voiceless "July Eleventh Nineteen Ninety-Seven," as the band wanders into dreamier Modest Mouse-esque territory. Other songs, such as "Five Minutes" bring to mind a less melodic Karate, Seam, Sunny Day Real Estate, or even Mogwai, but with less intensity.

Problematically, the Maya Shore never really wakes up to the idea that change is good. They all to often rely on repetitive tempos and pseudo-poetic confessions to carry them to the shoegazeing promised land, but instead wind up passed out on the floor from boredom. By albums end, Maya Shore will have you screaming "Somebody get these guys a Code Red!"

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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