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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
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Akarso/Faraquet
Akarso/Faraquet
404

Rating: 8/10 ?


September 30, 1998
Hmm. A split CD. Split CDs have been done before, but what sort of annoys me that nearly every record coming out these days seems to be a split between two labels. Supposedly Highwater Records will be doing the vinyl 12" of this split later this spring. Can't anyone put out a record on their own anymore?

So right off the bat I'm sort of annoyed at this record - why are all of the punk/indie/whatever labels going to the CD format all of a sudden? - but the music brings me back around in no time, reminding me to stop bitching and just listen to the music, which is the whole point. The music is good, so I can't really complain.

Akarso are yet another Wisconsin band, but they really don't equate to any of their Dairyland peers. Math-rock or Trig-rock seem to be the two hot tags for this band and, to a certain degree, I'd say they both fit. Truly refreshing, Akarso combine very rough vocals with non-traditional time signatures to come up with a very distinct sound. There are some instances where you'll think Roadside Monument, some where you'll think Don Caballero, others where you'll think Drive Like Jehu. Overall I would say yes, they're part of an X-rock sound, but at the same time you can easily distinguish them. If this band stays together and progresses, someday you might hear bands compared to them.

Faraquet hail from the mecca of DC and feature former members of Smart Went Crazy. Their four songs are very well done, offering a glimpse of what this band is capable of. I'm not sure how long after their debut 7-inch single these songs were recorded, but they sound a heck of a lot more mature. By the time Faraquet's single and LP come out on deSoto later this year, this band will be a force to be reckoned with. Faraquet's sound is a bit more polished and less confrontational than Arkarso's but the record flows well together despite. A good release, perhaps a bit short for the price, but definitely worth a listen. 404 seems to be on the right track.

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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