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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Calibos exist in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.- more specifically in Arlington, Virginia. They also exist in a space somewhere outside of the typical post-punk genre that many bands from that area call home, opting instead for a more sedate, at times (dare I say it?) shoegazer mentality in their music. This little three-piece performs their sad-rock with great effect and some great pop hooks alongside extended trance and drone influenced rock - no small feat.

The low end may be missing here, due to the lack of a bass in the line up, but it is definitely not missed. This album was actually released and recorded way back in 2001 by Philip Manley, who has worked with Trans Am, and Jonathan Kreiknik, who has recorded Pines of Nowhere. But you hear very little of these two bands in Calibos' version of spaced out rock. This is of course, rock that isn't out of it, but rock that values space, whether it is in the arrangement or the structure. One of the best examples of this comes with the last song, "Elegy," which beautifully and determinedly pushes the ten-minute mark as it floats along over repeated guitar patterns and a soft drum beat in the background. Repetition is a common theme here. So are guitar sounds that could be outtakes from Daydream Nation. "Under a Spotlight" is a perfect example of this, moving along with fast-picked and slightly dissonant guitar lines under Andy Fogles' lazy singing.

It isn't about mimicry though. Calibos have clearly listened closely to their influences but taken the elements that suit them and made them their own. Whether it's in the punk spurts of "Pedaless" or the guitar drone of "Little Current" or the jangled pop of "As Else," the band creates moody and energetic soundtracks to a listless afternoon.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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