Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Deflowers - Shiny New Pony (1994, Platypus)

Seattle was more than kind to a clutch of raucous guitar bands during the early-to-mid '90s, but the Emerald City had no pity on the seemingly neglected Deflowers. Swampy, angst-addled grunge rawk wasn't quite their bag, but the quartet's riff-savvy crunch more than compensated for that soon to be played-out trend du jour. Shiny New Pony is a wellspring of unabashed power pop, frequently propelled by a punky fervor. The most accurate comparison I can conjure up is one of The Deflowers east-coast contemporaries, Lotion, but Husker Du wouldn't be off the mark either. This album was recorded and mixed by one Kurt Bloch, of Fastbacks fame and many other production credits. The Deflowers followed up Shiny New Pony with Fin, a comparatively tamer affair. If you enjoy this disk (and I think you will), please partake in my earlier Deflowers post for a bitchin' single they released in 1995.

Words of inspiration: "Here's a little tip, a little something I've learned - it's takes a girl, some luck, and a car"
-from "Next to Nothing" (track six).
01. Riff #1
02. Yap
03. Live Through You
04. Suburban Skies
05. Apathy
06. Next to Nothing
07. Subdivisions
08. The Carton
09. The Happy Millionaire
10. Seattle
11. Hell vs. Moore
12. Scaffold
13. This Is How It Always Ends (unlisted track)
14. Born to Rock (unlisted track)


snivel and run said...

haha. just sold some lotion cds. maybe i won't dig this.

Mark said...

Good stuff! You're right about Lotion (particularly the vocals). I also hear some indie rawk guitar bands, like Small, Lilys (circa Amazing Letdowns) and the Ropers. Thanks for posting!

Hand Panther Home Recordings said...

Don't forget - Chris from the Deflowers is now the head dude in Sub Pop space cadets KINSKI.

Scaggsaway said...

Thanks for this (and the Demo that led me here.) "Scaffold" is my new favorite song.

Eastvan said...

Any chance of a re-up?

Eastvan said...

Any chance of a re-up?

spavid said...

Link has been fixed. Thanks for alerting us.