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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Fat Possum
Alto Heceta/Speed of Sauce
Split EP
Synaptic Tactic Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As you might expect, when two bands from Iowa City merge their talent and power to bring you an album, it is hard not to take notice. Well, maybe you don't notice, but I bet all of the people in Iowa City notice and that happens to be a lot of people. I think they might actually have a college in Iowa City, although I don't have any hard facts to back that up (perhaps that is where Iowa State University is?). In truth, I have never heard Iowa City referred to as a hot bed for musical talent, but maybe that is about to change. And I say it is about time, god damn it.

Alto Heceta has an interesting name and a pretty standard way of playing music. When I say standard I do not mean it in the negative sense. These guys are not going to hit you on the head with their music. They play songs that sound better with repeated listens. Well, at least these three songs are like that. I will not say much about the vocals, they sound typical of a person unsure of his/her singing ability, but give this time. As confidence builds, vocals come up in mixes and styles emerge. Most impressive of the three songs is "Roadtrips and Fingertips". It is a slower song that has some very good interlacing guitars. A song that will grow on all who listen intently. Mostly standard, dare I say indie rock, that is not all that bad for being what it is.

Speed of Sauce: for some reason I love the name despite the fact that it totally sucks. Does that make any sense? Anyway the music is quite good. Dare I say that it is a potent combination of Shudder to Think and Radiohead. Of course, it is the vocals that really make me think this, but the music backs that claim up as well. When you can sing as well as this fellow can, I suppose you should give it up to the world. I just wonder which guy is which, because none of the guys in the picture look like they can sing this well. "Your Voice" gives the impression of a band that sounds like Radiohead in an original way if that makes sense. I really did not expect this band to be this good. They really surprised me and it leaves me searching for adjectives. I am sick and tired of calling music good, calling bands good, calling songs good. Lets just say what mister tool bar thesaurus has to say about the word good. The Speed of Sauce is delightful.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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