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Asia Minor
Asia Minor
Anomer Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
In their press release Asia Minor site Sammy Hagar as an influence. Sammy Hagar. Sammy Hagar, without a hint of sarcasm! That's not who bands are influenced by today. Doesn't Asia Minor know they are only allowed to say they were influenced by the blues, Dischord bands, or something so obscure no one has ever heard of it? Out of all of the shitty people who have made shitty music, Asia Minor picks one of the shittiest. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about guilty pleasures. My music collection is chock full of stuff that would make any indie snob snicker at me through their black-rimmed glasses. But I wouldn't say they influenced me to do anything other than listen to them in the privacy of my own home, with the door locked.

For a worthy mentor Asia Minor need look no further than Van Hagar's predecessor, Diamond David Lee Roth. Sure, he probably had no musical input into Van Halen whatsoever, but the guy could do the splits mid-air, hoover enough blow for four average rock stars, and tear through groupies like he would soon be replaced by a new singer and forced to live on the periphery of the music world, forever knocking on the door and pleading to be let back in. I can only hope that the members of Asia Minor like to get wasted on Cabo Wabo tequila and be influenced by "I Can't Drive 55" not to write a trite, inane, auditory pile of crap like it.

All pissing and moaning and making myself look like a dick aside, Asia Minor's self-titled debut isn't half-bad. It's not groundbreaking or hip but it's good in a non-threatening way. This is one of those albums you can put on when a group of people is sitting around talking. Mellow, melodic indie music. There's no incessant screaming, caterwauling guitars or synthesizers making 80's music that would have sucked back in the 80's. Instead the music will just kind of fade into the background, and in between all of the pretentious arguments about music and politics spilling out of your friends' big yappers you'll catch a few chords or words and think to yourself that's nice. It rocks in a kind of VH1 way. Which is to say that it doesn't rock too much at all. Play this one instead of your local alternative radio station and no one will know the difference. Slip this into your dad's walkman and he'll like it. Put this on in the car and you might speed up a little while humming along. This may seem like criticism, but like I said earlier, I have guilty pleasures. While Asia Minor won't stay glued to the stereo it will certainly sneak in there every once in a while.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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