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Silkworm
It'll Be Cool
Touch & Go Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


February 4, 1999
Silkworm is indie rock's finest bar band. Their songwriting evokes a sense of workmanship that few bands are able to convey, filled with deftly articulated melody and song structure. Their core sound remains drums, guitar, and bass, and their socialist system lives on: each member contributes just about equally to writing the music and singing the lyrics.

Silkworm's newest effort will reassure you that this is not a band that is influenced by current musical trends - they're not about to release an '80s-tinged record or a dance-punk explosion any time soon. It'll Be Cool: even the title relays the simplicity that is the charm of a Silkworm song. Lyrics are often sung over spaces filled with the pounding of drums, before fuzzy bass and guitar launch back in with crunchy textures and tones, as can be found in prime form on "Insomnia." The album's opener, "Don't Look Back," is a driving rock number and one of the best on the album, as one of the men of Silkworm intones, "The man on the radio sang like he meant every word." The irony seeps through, with just enough mirth to counter the acidity.

Steve Albini's production rings clear and true as usual, each instrument occupying its own space within the mix. "Penalty Box," with its off-key and elfish keyboard solos, and "Something Hyper," all piano and strangely slowed-down vocals, acoustic guitars rising up from below, are two songs that stray slightly from the Silkworm formula. This experimentation is balanced out nicely by the lazy country-rock of "Xian Undercover" and the two-part extended rock out of "The Operative/His Mark Replies," which closes the record.

Another 40 minutes gone, another Silkworm record down the hatch, the world remains more or less the same, but you've got a good taste in your mouth because you've just discovered another reason to continue supporting rock and roll. It'll Be Cool both abides by and challenges post-punk (and post-Springsteen) conventions and the men of Silkworm soldier on.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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