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From the Nest of Idea
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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Sometimes a press kit can be a band's best friend. Most record labels, as well as magazines, online 'zines, and print 'zines require them as a helping hand in passing judgment on said bands artistic endeavors.

In the case of the ridiculously named quartet Scientific, their press kit can be equated with the obviously insane process of letting all of the air out of one's tires, and then attempting to drive a car across the country with 3 dollars, a copy of "The Emo Diaries Volume 4," and a blindfold tied tightly around the eyes.

When a band starts claiming influences like the amazing Stereolab and Yo La Tengo, not to mention the token obscure references like Magnetic Fields, Neu! (please…), and the VSS, they better represent. I mean, those are some pretty great bands to name-check, right?

So why does Scientific have to go and sound like the fucking Anniversary?

I know I may be a bit overzealous in making such a frank statement, but I suppose the whole idea of this band just really irks me to no end. Musically, they are completely competent, and even clever at points. They display simple keyboard-centric jangle pop songs with slightly off kilter male fronted vocals, and that's just fine and dandy with me. Hell, I'm a sucker for keyboard rock like the next indieboy, but I'll be damned if I'm going to start proclaiming Scientific as the pioneers of the new New Wave or some crap like that. Plus the name of the band is just all too obvious. It screams "dork rock" or whatever, and the heavy use of keyboards just pushes this band into the fashionable rock realm too deeply. I can just imagine the name selection process at band practice number one…

Band fellow #1: "Hey guys, I was thinking. Since we use keyboards in all of our songs, we should probably have some kind of a technology based name, that way people will know when they hear a song with keyboards in it, it has got to be us!"

Band fellow #2: "Well, what would you recommend? I mean, these keyboards are kind of geeky, don't you think?"

Band fellow #1: "That's exactly it! Let's think of a name that's sort of geeky keyboardy technologygygygygyish. Hmmm."

Band fellow #2: "Well science is sorta dorky isn't it? How about, like 'Chemistry Class' or something like that?"

Band fellow #1: "Yeah, but that's kind of a mouthful don't you think? How about something simple and totally dumb sounding, like most of our songs are right now. How about… SCIENTIFIC?"

Band, in unison: "YEAH!"

I'll give the band one thing though, they have the ability to write a good pop melody, and in today's rock world, a catchy little ditty is as hard to come by as a puke that actually tastes good. The truth is, I wanted to like this record so badly, and maybe one day I will, but right now, I'm just not in the mood.

With that said, I don't think From the Nest of Idea has done much to prove anything. It seems that this nest is full of a bunch of broken schemes and already birthed sounds, with nothing new to offer. My suggestion is that it is time to stop relying on name-dropping to get you by, and start writing some original sounding music.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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