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Hours Of Operation
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Friction's Hours Of Operation, a double CD discography of the band's career spanning from 1991-1994, is a documentation of Bob Nanna's early forays in punk rock. You might know Nanna better as the guitarist and vocalist for the subsequent bands Braid and Hey Mercedes, as well as his work in The Sky Corvair.

As one might guess with Nanna handling vocal duties, Friction's sound doesn't fall far from the Braid tree. See "906," "Box Turtle," and "Corrective Jerk" in reference. The main difference between Friction and Braid is that Nanna is stuck behind the drum kit, leaving guitarist Andy Knudsen with a major role in shaping the band's sound. Wailing guitar hooks and driving punk rock power chords on "Auburn," "Twenty Second/Sundial," and "Milt" are a slight contrast to the stop-start emotional hardcore rhythms that Braid would eventually make their calling card. Vocal harmonies that are actually sung, not screamed, on songs like "The Makeshift Chimney," "Transit," and "Cassyflies," predate Chris Broach's scream-onies, giving Friction a sound that is sometimes closer to Hey Mercedes than Braid. At the end of the day though, it's Nanna's signature vocal stamp that really is the defining sound of all of his projects.

Hours Of Operation is a fun look at a young band's progression in creating it's own sound, as well as a must have audio scrapbook for fans of Braid and Hey Mercedes. Also recommended for fans of early Promise Ring material.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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