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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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Park
No Signal
Lobster Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Honestly, I feel privileged to live in the Midwest, particularly Illinois. From the chilly streets of Chicago down to Carbondale, our state has produced some of the finest music and musicians throughout the United States. Cap'n Jazz, members of Bra!d, Haymarket Riot, all have called the small northwest suburb of Wheeling home at some point in time. Growing up in Wheeling exposed me to a lifestyle I cannot help but think I might have missed out on, say if I was from Montana or somewhere else (apologies to anyone from Montana). The lifestyle that appreciates all the countless time, effort, and sacrifices that independent artists put into their music.

Park is one of those bands. Through thick and thin, Park has continued doing what is special to them since 1996, and we are just lucky enough to get the opportunity to share in the exceptional music being produced by these four young men. Hailing from Illinois' capital in Springfield, Park shows us that Central IL is not just cornfields and capital buildings, as they are just as much a part of the Illinois music scene as the artists in Chicago. With a previous release on the now defunct Playing Field Records (Sheilbound, Supporting Actress, Sleeping For Sunrise), Park are not rookies to the game. Despite temporary setbacks and a line-up change they persevered at a point where most bands would call it quits and start up anew with x-blah, blah, blah next to their name everywhere it appeared.

Park's music is nothing to be ignored. What they have given us is a healthy portion of some of the finest music these ears have tasted in quite some time. I must admit, I'm a sucker for a good hook, and NO SIGNAL is full of them. This album is full of those parts where you just have to hit the Seek button and listen to the parts over and over. Check that- it's not just the parts, it's the album as a whole. The whole album flows from front to back without a moment of displeasure. Like reading a book you just don't want to put down, you just don't want to stop listening to NO SIGNAL. Often when bands release albums they have a feel for which songs they value more than others, but you will not find any unnecessary additives here. No poppy keyboards, no overboard back-up vocals, no samples, loops, or brass. Just straight-up rocking guitar, bass, drums, and the type of vocals you can sing along with at the top of your lungs. Guitars are easily digested, swaying between leads and rhythms, and the drum and bass combo do a great job of keeping the foot tapping and the head bobbing. The vocals are the key in Park's music. They put the final polish on some great music. Vocals are catchy, clever, throughout the whole album.

Park is definitely worthy of checking out. If you are skeptical, go download a song. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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