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Sons and Daughters
The Repulsion Box
Domino Record Co.

Rating: 7/10 ?

August 22, 2005
Sons and Daughters is indie's most intimidating band right now. Small in stature, the Glasgowians make up for their unassuming presence by scaring the crap out of audiences. I first saw the Scots on tour with label/country mates Franz Ferdinand, and they made Alex K. and Co. look like a bunch of Evian-swilling fops with their brand of stomping rock. Guitarist Scott Paterson is a fairly small dude, but after coolly taking the stage, he stared out into the audience throughout the band's set. This is the best dance move I have ever seen.

Paterson's antics (or lack thereof) serve Sons and Daughters well; their latest LP, The Repulsion Box, is a collection of tough-as-nails murder ballads that don't mess around. From the first bass kicks of "Medicine," it's clear that Sons and Daughters are more grown up then their name would imply. As the song continues, so do the uptempo chugging guitars and surprising mandolins. Singer Adele Bethel uses her thick accent to her advantage, sounding folky, angry and badass all at once. When she sings "Better get moving fast before it's too late" on "Red Receiver," it's kind of scary - and that is one of the slower songs on the album.

Most of the tracks on The Repulsion Box involve Franz Ferdinand-like staccato beats ("Hunt" has a fill that is a spitting image of the "Take Me Out" intro) without the goofy haircuts. Bethel shouts "Then hang her out to dry!" rather than "It's always better on holiday." Even when Paterson whistles on "Rama Lama," he sounds ominous. Though similarities between the bands abound, Sons and Daughters stand apart from their poppier counterparts with their less-produced sound and their sturdy foundation of nothing more than a chugging rhythm section, intense vocals and that awesome mandolin.

The downfall of this aesthetic is that the album has little to unfold after the first listen. The songs aren't very different from track to track, and The Repulsion Box sounds a lot like the band's first EP, Love the Cup. I like both of these releases, but I do need to be in a certain Sons and Daughters mood - namely when I want to pretend I am tough or when I try to psyche myself into exercising. The Repulsion Box has a lot going for it; it's too bad I'm too much of a scaredy cat to appreciate it more.

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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