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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
The M's
The M's
Brilliante Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The M's have a particular quality akin to outcast 60s radio. They feel distinctly retro, but too far out of any comfortable context to have gathered a following in their day. Lucky for them, their arrival in 2000 has a much better sense of timing. Having recently opened for Wilco, the Walkmen, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, they prove that burning through current underground hype is much more profitable than being lost or misunderstood in decades past.

They would have been contemporaries of the Kinks, the Zombies, or T. Rex, and in many ways, they still are. They pull off current garage rock trends in an amazing manner, avoiding the fashion-over-substance curse to create something with significance and style.

"Dirty Old Dog" starts off their eponymous reprint full of steam and swagger. The production is immaculate, making those old Stones records thickly envious for the progress embedded years down the road. Mick Jagger would have had a field day with such proficient handiwork, and the M's do it for him. In keeping all the dirt of classic garage rock and melding it with rich layers of spot-on vibrancy, they steal his cake and eat it, too.

"Banishment of Love" is an impressive, bluesy outing, grinding up smarmy guitars and suggestively high vocals. They have already hit their stride by the second track, rightfully hooking in an audience of cynics and those who have held out hope. Their solid talent, and the time and effort oozing from every perfected inch of the EP, is so refreshing. It's obvious The M's have studied the greats and gone to great lengths to do them justice, and to make them proud.

Bonus tracks (not found on the original Majestic issue) "Bringing up the Bees" and "Sexy Suzy" focus on their melodic side, stripping them from the luster of production to the first murmurs of their thought processes, and the tracks are just as intriguing. It is almost an oddity to hear Point A and Point B on the same album, knowing that in some enchanted way, the leap was made between. The M's is a debut EP marked by wonder - profound and magical. They give the impression of being fully realized as well as holding so much potential left untapped - for now. The cards and cunning are clearly in their hands.

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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