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Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This one from The DropScience came out earlier this year, before the addition of Bekkah Walker (ex-Panolpy Glee Club) & Tony Brandon (ex-Sun Hypnotic). It was produced by Bob Weston in Chicago and features a standard indie rock lineup with a fairly accomplished use of effects by the guitarist and key player. The vocals are low in the mix, mostly spoken throughout, (vocal range isn't vast), with the rhythm-heavy songwriting re-mining the focus of most of these tracks. Repetitive at points, but not what I'd call math-rocky, what they're going for seems to be progressive indie rock in the vein of Hot Snakes and maybe At The Drive-In, without the explosive vocals.

According to the website, The DropScience are in the process of remixing Die Tonight for release in early '04, and then plan to release another full length soon afterwards. I'm not so sure why the band would be going that route though, as the production on the initial version of the album is top-notch. They use a lot of delay and echo effects, which come through really well and on the tighter, punchier songs on the album ("Do You Want To Go Faster?" and "Notice to Quit"), it seems like they've caught the right energy. On the last track however, they do meander a bit and overuse they keyboard drone so that it sounds like a low key new wave jam, and not in a good way. They also sample a shit-load of Hunter S. Thompson's rambling on about drugs, which is weird since their stuff isn't really that drugged out sounding.

So Dies Tonight is low-key, "progressive" indie rock. Got it? Maybe the new mix will trim the fat a little and shine a new lot on certain spots, maybe even feature some playing from the new guys in the band, and then there's a new one out soon after that. San Diego masses will be waiting.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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