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Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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The Search For Saturnalia
Four Letters
Has Anyone Ever Told You?

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This band screams Sonic Youth. This isn't necessarily a horrible
thing, though, considering the relative lack these days of bands that scream Sonic Youth. Heck, even Blonde Redhead has called it quits as far as ripping off Sonic Youth, opting instead to start sounding more like (God forbid) Blonde Redhead.

But enough about other bands that sound like Sonic Youth. Let's
concentrate on this band, which happens to bear more than a passing resemblance to (ahem) one Sonic Youth. Considering that Sonic Youth is mentioned twice in this Austin, TX band's promo sheet, it's quite unlikely that this band is unaware of its Youth-ian elements. However, their resemblance is so uncanny, that it tends to get on my nerves. The thing is, a lot of bands sound like other bands. This doesn't necessarily make them bad bands, just bands that choose to create music in a style made popular by another. Sure, often times, bands will set out specifically to sound like a particular band which they admire; but the trick is, they have to bring something of their own into the mix. Most of the time, this is unavoidable-you can't help sounding like yourself, even when you're trying to sound like someone else.

In the case of The Search for Saturnalia, unfortunately, I can find very little in this music that does not seem a premeditated attempt at replicating Sonic Youth. The only thing that comes to mind is that the singers' voices sound a little different than Thurston Moore's and Kim Gordon's, and this is perhaps the one element that these guys couldn't control entirely - that, because they are not Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, their voices aren't going to sound exactly like their heroes' voices. Everything else, from the tone of the guitars to the overall production, seems to me to be a painstaking recreation of Daydream Nation, an album that is arguably Sonic Youth's best work. What the Search for Saturnalia need to realize is that, as great an album as it is, Nation can always only be Sonic Youth's best work, and never anyone else's.

Reviewed by Don Stevens
Don Stevens was killed by Dheeru Pennepalli in a bar fight. He obviously no longer writes for LAS.

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