Monday, January 5, 2009
Obits on stint/subpop
Obits have a debut single on Stint Records (ST71):
“One Cross Apiece” b/w “Put It in Writing”.
I saw this being distro'd on Sub Pop and the fanatic review/listing from Stint records. I know every label is excited about their releases, I would be too. But maybe 'this record will change your life' is either joking or they say that about everything. I just can't take it seriously. What is actually going on here? But they caught my interest:
“The shot heard ‘round the world. The two best songs ever written by the best band in the world. Best guitar and bass playing and skin beating. The best lyrics ever sung. This record will change your life and give you a new start. Best packaging, easily. Genius. Mensa, mensa, mensa! Makes everybody else look real bad. Buy the shit out of this record.”—Lonnie Manx, Stint Records
I mean....really? It sounds like they didn't have anything specific to say...other than this is the greatest single ever? How? How about this is Rick Froberg from Hot Snakes and Drive like Jehu? Do those names not mean anything to anyone anymore? Or is he trying to distance himself from the history?
The vocal is unmistakable...it's completely Hot Snakes style, half yelling...but here is a very particular phrasing or melody's he sticks to that you can pick out right away.
I missed out on Drive like Jehu...I knew it was the beginning influence on Emo, but I might have been past it already with the Promise Ring. I think that might be one fallout from the MP3-age...the amount of time you stay within a genre or line of thinking has shrunk. The cycle has gotten smaller and I move on in a week or so after I've exhausted everything.
First impressions from the crapity crap myspace tracks of a live cakeshop show is they sound like that modern garage sound going around with bands on Rob's House records. Kind of Atlanta, driving chunky, a little sneery, really guitar driven...all power chords. You know what... my description is even worse.