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The Sun Behind the Dustbin
Exile on Mainstream

Rating: 7/10 ?

February 14, 2007
Never mind the Midwest and the Deep South; it seems Germany is every bit as capable as the American breadbasket of spawning balls-out two-pronged rock outfits. Beehoover are schooled in the same trade as the likes of The Black Keys, and similarly seek to make a contained racket with just about as simple a set-up as possible. Granted, the material may not be groundbreaking, but as any fan of strings and skins can attest, there's always a time and a place for riffs this bawdy.

Three self-released EPs ago Claus-Peter Hamisch and Ingmar Petersen were taken under the Exile on Mainstream wing for this, their debut full-length. The Sun Behind the Dustbin isn't the most broadly challenging album to behold, but that was never the point. From the offset it's clear that the pair's primary concern is with making a lot of noise and having a lot of fun. Juxtaposed to, say, Lightning Bolt, Beehoover are easy enough to contemplate. To be sure, their tunes advocate balled-up fists and virile stomping rather than the chaotic frenzy rendered by some of their contemporaries, suggesting that perhaps this is a band with a sound more suited to the stage than the bedroom.

That said, The Sun Behind the Dustbin stands out in its own right. Petersen's discordant, choppy riff-craftsmanship becomes quite distinctive after a few listens, while Hamisch's drums climax and break down in all the places they feel like they should. "Yellow Mile" buzzes around an odd time signature, which seems wrong to attempt to work out, whereas the muffled "A Foul Smelling Wheel Called Downhill" leaves little breathing space or time to think. "Nice Romantic Evening" drifts from the mission statement somewhat, hinting toward an Americana influence, before the weight returns with "Damn You, Charly Brown."

At over an hour long, The Sun Behind the Dustbin is quite a drawn-out album, considering how few resources and approaches messrs Hamisch and Petersen limit themselves to. Embarking on a full listen, therefore, may not seem necessary each time Beehoover beg for a spin. One thing's for sure, though: it doesn't take much Beehoover to have the listener aching to check them out live, and if The Sun Behind the Dustbin is anything to go by, this duo are bound to do it justice.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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