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New Strategies Are Necessary, This is Not Solid Ground
Silver Girl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 18, 2000
... and this year's Longest Title For A Debut Album award goes to ... New Strategies Are Necessary, This is Not Solid Ground, by Slowcoach! The spine of this disc from the Central Cali trio is so plumb full of words, it's amazing that they found room to squeeze in the name of their band.

Yeah, so it's a long title! The important stuff is the music, and it's evident that the band realizes this fact. The songs on this record are hand-crafted and well arranged (I'm thinking perfectionist basket weaver). Thick, resonating guitar melts into clean, melodic sheets, while the rhythm section sticks an ice-pick through the noise and holds it to the table. As the instruments meander, and plod, and slosh along, I almost get lost in them. Then the desperate, almost bloody vocals pull me back. Broken timings abound! Slowcoach keeps it interesting, moving away from the familiar "one-two-three-four and repeat" signatures regularly, but not so much as to cause confusion. If I were to march to the beat of "Bottle Captain," I would have to remove one shoe to capture the up-and-down feeling that's presented. The record moves from meaty, off-beat noise to almost spooky, marathons of spacious instrumentals, and back again. I cringe as I say this, but, I hear a little Dinosaur Jr. in this band's sound, just a little, painted into the background. It mingles well with a sometimes HUM-ish guitar ... sometimes. All comparisons aside, Slowcoach has a very likable sound, that grows more so with every listen.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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