Mike Downey that provided the "crunch" needed to offset the group's twee overtones, heavy handed as they sometimes were. Mike departed in 2000 with Wolfie folding not long after that, leaving him to pursue his predominantly solo endeavor, The National Splits. Shy Mirrors is his latest, and IMO greatest post-Wolfie pursuit.
Furthermore, Sailed Blanks is perhaps the finest LP of 2011's late-breaking releases. That being said, it's an album that won't present itself as a sonic revelation to anyone that was weened on Superchunk's No Pocky for Kitty and On the Mouth, but for listeners possessing an appreciation of that indie-punk caliber will nonetheless relish the unremitting, power chord maelstrom of uber medodic stunners like "Face Paint" and "Lake Placid Flyer." Things get even fiercer on "I'm Not Around" which recalls the barreling firepower brought on by the likes of the Marked Men and Exploding Hearts. In general, Sailed Blanks suggests what Weezer would have emerged with on the Blue Album had Rivers & Co. been given the option to commit it to four-track. I'd be remiss if I failed to note that that a fresh-outta-the garage, lo-fi aesthetic dominates the eleven songs housed within, lending a whole lot of charm to this affair as well. Two minute songs, a total blast, and an out-an-out winner. Now that you're ready to lay down some coin, you can do so either through Big School Records for the gnarly transparent vinyl edition, or digitally at Bandcamp.
EA80 - 2 Takte Spater LP 85 w AJZ, Bielefeld 17.11.1989 w Dezember EP 89 w Der Mord Fallt Aus EP 82 w Düsseldorf, Ratinger Hof 27.11.84 w Geburtstag 7 89 w w HH, Stortebeker 4-6-88 w Hinter Den Dingen 10in 2000 w Licht! + 7 89 w Live 86 w Zuri Brennt EP 02 w Zwanzig EP 89 w vs. Klotzs - split EP 00 w Mehr Schreie LP 87 w Punk w Raunheim LP 87 w Vorsicht Schreie w ZweiHunderZwei 90 - REPOST Request: Uggh! Just kickin' myself in the head for taking so long to dig into these files and hear the greatness of this band. For years and ye...
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