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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Full White Drag
Inner Flight Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Repeating mantras of destruction like the little suicide bomber that could, Full White Drag sees its mission as setting smoke screens to the constant churn of propellers. They are allied by Faraquet, Shudder to Think, and Pilot to Gunner in sound, keeping their tactics plainly evident amid chanting roars and repetitive, buzzing instrumentalism.

The Canadians' talent for DC-based rock is most evident in two clear stand-out tracks, "The Meaning Of" and "No Hands". What brings these specific efforts to the limelight is their ability to break the unwavering bits of tedium that unfortunately mar the rest of The Independence.

From "Khanhthuan" to "Profits and Losses", many of the tracks between the highlights seem to lazily roll from tantrum to tantrum, like a teenager who is angry at all times, but the reason was lost long ago. The backbone of steadily paced guitar parts and dryly shouted vocals lulls the listener into a near-hypnotic state, with little need to present attention.

Upon observation of their rather formulaic, chugging routines, it is noticeable that their success is culled from those times when they change up the formula with broader instrumental ranges and less predictable time signatures.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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