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Poison Arrows
Straight Into The Drift

Rating: 8.5/10 ?

March 27, 2007
Anonymity is a drag. Hoping to set themselves apart from the primary music assembly, on-again off-again outfit the Poison Arrows blend indie rock stylings with sonic distortion and electronica samples. To that end, Straight Into The Drift works.

A welcome change from the primarily trippy Premix, the collection of remixes by the likes of TRS-80, Martin Rev (Suicide) and Brian Deck (Califone) that was released last year, Straight Into The Drift finds the Poison Arrows crafting semi-accessible music while keeping one foot firmly in the experimental realm.

The best example of Poison Arrow's approach is "Lockaway," the EP's lead track and highlight. With driving percussion that recalls Pedro The Lion's Control, vocalist Justin Sinkovich drones beneath the chaotic melodies circling above. The entire song controllably spirals downward, exhibiting the perfect level of creative restraint.

A muted version of "Lockaway" that teeters on the brink of stalling out, the title track's distorted riffs and multiple looping bass lines propel it forward inch by inch, showcasing the band's ability to remain grounded. Contrarily, "Making Sense of Making Cents," three minutes of tedious, uninteresting synth outro, comes across as a silly excuse for a closer.

Straight Into The Drift is more hits than misses, but does expose a few rough spots. The Chicago-based trio is currently recording their full-length which, if Straight Into The Drift is any indication, should be interesting, to say the least.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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