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Quiet Games For Hot Weather
Major 7 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This San Francisco band, Pinq, recorded this album two years ago, but it wasn't released until now due to a lack of money and a seemingly endless change of band members. I won't even tell you who's in the band now, because by the time you read this review it might be too late and some one else might be playing bass or keyboards or something of the sort.

I've been listening to the Quiet Games For Hot Weather for a while now, and I knew it sounded like Grandaddy all along, but I'm feeling it more and more each time I listen to the album. I'm not sure whether or not it's because I was talking to a friend about Grandaddy a lot yesterday, and when I got home and put Quiet Games For Hot Weather in my CD player, I thought Pinq sounded more like Grandaddy than ever.

I should probably clarify that they don't sound exactly like Grandaddy, at least not all the time. They sound more consistently like Grandaddy playing "Underneath the Weeping Willow" or "Jed's Other Poem" from The Sophtware Slump, live. Slow, with hard to decipher vocals, keyboards, guitars, you name it. A major difference between Quiet Games For Hot Weather and those two previously mentioned songs, though, are the fact Pinq relies on vocals much less frequently than Grandaddy does.

If you haven't noticed, I've mentioned the title of the album a bunch of times. My goal is that when you read this review, you'll remember the title, the phrase Quiet Games For Hot Weather, relating it to the music. And I must say, the title is quite an appropriate one. This is quiet music for hot weather (preferably too hot weather), sitting under a weeping willow, overlooking a lake, thinking about the good, about the bad, about everything. Too interesting to be background music, too ephemeral to do anything but put you in a daze, Quiet Games For Hot Weather invites you to listen. To what, I'm not sure. The music? Yes, well, obviously. A deeper meaning in life? No, highly doubtful. Quiet Games For Hot Weather isn't necessarily what I'd label as "deep" (for lack of a better word). Hence, as I said before, I'm not sure what this music will really do for you. Personally, since it's a bit to cold to go and lay near a lake, and since there are no lakes near where I live anyway, the music just makes me lay on my back on the floor, heads crossed underneath my head, left ear next to the right speaker, listening with eyes closed, concentrating solely on my sore throat, throbbing head, aching stomach, and weak limbs.

While I'm not sure what Quiet Games For Hot Weather will do for you, I'm sure that if you're feeling a little sick, or maybe a little tired, you'll have the same reaction I had. Or if you're by a lake and it isn't thirty degrees outside, you might want to consider finding a weeping willow. Whatever you decide to do when listening to Pinq, though, you might, in the end, after a good number of listens, think it is a fairly decent album.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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