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Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream

Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream will serve as a blog for me to share my thoughts and musings, with a special emphasis on music. The music that will appear in this blog is for evaluation/sampling purposes only, and is designed to promote up and coming bands. Remember, if you like the artist(s), buy the CD! If you are the owner of a sound file and would like it removed, please contact us and we will kindly take it down.

Monday, April 30, 2007

VH1: I Love The 1990s (they're a band)

The Band: A high-energy, three-piece outfit from Glasgow, Scotland, signed on their sixth gig by Rough Trade Records (The Decemberists, The Long Blondes). With a good amount of UK touring, and a trip to NYC, under their belts, they are set to release their full-length record, Cookies, on May 5th.

The Sound: Their sound resembles Franz Ferdinand (who worked with them in the band the Yummy Furs), sometimes The Hives, and even a less quirky rendition of some Liars' tracks. I even hear a touch of OKGO with their dance-disco feel and "Hey!" interjections.

The Pros: The record is consistently fun. They exude a sense of controlled playfulness that is sure to have you smiling (even laughing) at times.

The Cons: Their sound is a bit too timid. The one longer, more developed, song, "Situation" shows they have the ability to do more than 3-minute bursts of happily-ever-after, playful rock -n roll. They also have the easily curable disease that many young bands have: that is, "don't know how to end songs syndrome."

The Verdict: Their talents are not refined enough to blow people away, and they aren't goofy or raw enough to gather the kind of support that The Hives of the Liars got. That said, their easy going sound, and catchy hooks, make them a great springtime / summer pick.

Check out their website
Head on over to the Rough Trade site
Give 'em a shoutout on their myspace
And of course, buy the record!

Listen to: "Risque Pictures" (4.2/5) and "Arcade Precinct" (3.47/5)



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