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The Things We Say EP

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Interpol is out shopping for designer suits or something, so someone has to carry on the Brit-pop revival in this country. Might as well be Austin, Texas' Bellaparker, a band that chooses to gaze at the stars, not at its shoes. Somewhere Carl Sagan is smiling.

The Things We Say is a self-released, 5-song debut EP that sparkles like the lights of a city skyline at night. It travels through the Milky Way on melodies as smooth as black velvet and hooks that dig in like talons. The crystal clear sound quality is striking, considering Bellaparker's studio naiveté. "Voice Undone" is reminiscent of The Church, with its shimmering guitar textures and moaning keyboards. On "The Last Time", guitarist Chad Geraci opts for a choppy, ringing sound that picks at Steven Emry's moody bass lines like a diamond-cutter. "Celluloid Moon, Make Believe Sea" drags a little and depends too much on e-bow noodling to create atmosphere. At times, Bellaparker leans on its dark wave influences a little too heavy, but "Drift" is something altogether different. The programmed beats and snow-capped electronica of the song allows Bellaparker to sail away from the Joy Division comparisons into the more contemporary heart of darkness inhabited by purveyors of sonic deluge such as Calla.

Just like the song says, "The stars at night/ Are big and bright/ deep in the heart of Texas." At least they must seem so to Bellaparker. This young trio is on the right path. Next time though, they might want to shake things up a little, maybe go off in another direction once in a while. Space is a wide-open frontier and there are lots of places to explore in music. I hear Mars is nice.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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