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Dead Low Tide
Dead Low Tide
Tigerstyle Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
All the publicity I've read while researching this CD calls it a "time capsule" - since Dead Low Tide broke up before their debut, eponymous album was released. I've always thought of time capsules as quaint reminders of the good times that have passed, and if that's the case, Dead Low Tide is not worth digging up.

A collaboration between members of The Murder City Devils and Enemymine, you'd think this CD would be a unique hybrid of those groups, but it isn't. The obvious influence at work is Fugazi, which is only a problem because it is mistreated. This album makes me think of 13 Songs immediately, but something is missing. Where Fugazi was sharp and concise, these guys drone on, never reaching the intensity of the D.C. post-punk forefathers. This is a feat, considering the songs aren't very long (three weigh in under two minutes). The shouted vocals and heavy guitars play to the advantage of Dead Low Tide, but for as forceful as these sounds are, they don't seem to go anywhere. This might be due to the fact that the lyrics are fragments that keep repeating: "So I'm going to button my lip/ I'm going to keep my mouth shut" is advice that lead singer Spencer Moody should take to heart. "Shake and Slide," proves that the band does not know when to stop; the final ten minutes of the song (and the CD) is nothing more than an irritating buzz.

Maybe if this were a debut album from a band on the rise, I'd be more apt to listen to it, but the fact that the group has already broken up makes Dead Low Tide a pointless album for me. I'll agree that it is a time capsule, but its really not interesting enough to unearth-best to leave this one where it lay.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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