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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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
BRMC
Virgin Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There is something about crossing the late 70s New York City punk aesthetic with the audible identity of the entire shoegazer movement that is, I don't know, kind of cool. There is the white-knuckle nose-bleed thrill of drenching guitars, but the guys actually look like rock stars too. Basically, they rock like My Bloody Valentine and they look like a young, American Jesus & Mary Chain.

While production of the album tracks on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's self-titled Virgin debut took a decidedly hands off approach, the studio numbers do stand out with a distinct crispness that the five songs that were plucked off of the band's demo do not possess. Actually, wait... now that I'm thinking about it, what exactly does it say about the current desperation of mainstream rock and roll that a band could shop around and choose between a number of begging, almost drooling majors, and then turn around and have their demos released? Like, "Hey, we don't really have that much material, and we kind of like these songs they way they are, so why don't you just put these out."

That this band opened for the Dandy Warhols comes as no surprise to me, because there is a very similar fake "cred" about them, but with a more serious edge. It is the most narcissistic punk version of Ride ever imaginable, but when it rocks, BRMC really rocks. BRMC take the whole repetitive aspect of the clone and drone Spiritualized angle to a whole new level when they start the hypnotics with the chorus of "Spread Your Love". They ask the question "Whatever happened to my rock 'n' roll?" but don't really seem to get the fact that it isn't their rock and roll anyway - they're just playing original covers. Or, do they get it? I guess that's the gimmick...

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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