This debut from the Montreal quartet merges Modest Mouses ramshackle folksy side with the lavish Arcade Fire. An easy enough task for a group that was produced by the frontman of the former and had their first gig with the latter. Call it your standard Garden State variety indie pop, a likely candidate for music on The O.C. while the groups wired, keyboard-driven new wave isnt groundbreaking, its catchy, energetic and exciting.
The marching drum opener, You Are a Runner and I Am My Fathers Son, leads into a fury of distorted guitars and busted electronics. Keyboardist and co-lead singer Spencer Krugs Bowie-esque voice is well-suited for the giddy synth-pop of Grounds and Divorce and the concentrated, upbeat rhythms of Ill Believe in Anything. Its Dan Boeckners somewhat affected growl that works on the albums highlight, Same Ghost Every Night, a haunting song colored with a swelling theremin, the perfect backdrop for Boeckner to bleat, I go walking/Just to find my own breath/My own breath through the path.
This record finds the band polishing its sound and adding reworked pieces of earlier EPs and its just enamored enough of the aforementioned bands to be worth seeking out.
Appears Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700. With the Organ and Dante Decaro (ex-Hot Hot Heat).
Luke Hackney writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.