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Lack and Pattern
File-13 Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Atombombpocketknife is a name far too exciting for a band that can be so very boring.

For some reason, I feel like I should be writing a totally different review of Atombombpocketknife's Lack and Pattern, maybe making a lead about an edgy name for an edgy band and then gushing about how much I loved it. I really wish I could write that review, but I can't. The fact is, I found this album to be, for the most part, simply boring. Most of the songs are just slow indie rock with fairly standard guitar parts. A few songs open up with that white noise/feedback sound that happens when a guitar is placed too close to an amp.

That's never been done before.

The vocalist, Justin Sinkovich has one of those slow scratchy voices and half sings/half talks into the microphone. In his slight voice he belts out such lyrical poetry as "When you get mesmerized/ there's never enough to sympathize." No, I'm not sure what he meant by that either, but Lack and Pattern is filled with similar rhyme schemes.

When I told a friend I was reviewing Atombombpocketknife's Lack and Pattern he asked if it was that "math rock" band. Apparently lesser reviewers are calling Atombombpocketknife a math rock band. Don't let them fool you - there are no significant time signature changes in the songs of Lack and Pattern, whatsoever. And for the record, the band never claimed to be a "math rock" band. The erroneous label was the result of a douchebag reviewer who couldn't count. Luckily, Lost at Sea only hires douchebags such as myself that can count meter changes.

Maybe I'm being too hard on Atombombpocketknife, and in fact, I am sure that I am. I just expected more from a band with such an exciting name. In their press release they worked up the fact that the bassist, Allison Hollihan, and the lead singer were pretty in love and then broke up and then sucked it up, putting aside their differences for the music. The drama of it all! Internal friction such as that should make a band split at the seams with explosive energy. They even have a guitarist named "Che" for fuck's sake. He has dreadlocks! How could they not be awesome?

How could they not be awesome? It is a question I will take to the grave.

Reviewed by Nick Shea

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