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The Null Corporation
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Arcade
Into the Light
Wooden Man Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Men always seem to be enthralled by the girl playing a guitar phenomenon. The instrument itself has long been perceived as a phallic symbol (many men have been described as playing the instrument as though it were an extension of their ...uh ....manhood)-not to mention Rock's own reputation of sexual prowess and promiscuity. All this considered, it's hardly shocking when the guys I know go ga-ga over a skirted rock musician.

However, unlike most "women of rock" the girls of Arcade don't fall prey to simply becoming sex objects. No Avrils or Britneys are to be found. They don't play like the Donnas or sing like the Spice Girls, and they have way more talent than Mrs. Courtney Love. Arcade is a rock and roll anomaly. They may be a girl band, but their sound is hardly compromised because of their gender.

These girls claim to play simply because they can, and they do it quite well. The result of their efforts is Into the Light, eleven tracks that shine in their lo-fi splendor. The disc ranges from songs of post-punk with spoken word delivery that begs comparisons to At the Drive-In to songs with alt-country influences where vocalist Carrie Conley takes cues from chanteuses like Neko Case. Into the Light is an interesting piece of girl indie-rock that can hold it's own with the boys, and possibly even outshine them.

Arcade do music their own way, and hopefully it'll be their music, not their gender or looks, to make the men in their business look their way.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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