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    Dads – “Brown On Brown” – [Wharf Cat Records]

    Floored in Florida, echoplex whirpool, voices smeared
    on the walls of your eardrums. Guitars. bitter and bracing,
    thin, high pitched strings piercing the clouds of production
    here. So, yeah great stuff. Songs stretched out, sometimes
    brought back from the dead. Stacks of guitars, noisier
    than most “noise pop.” I get the feeling Carson Cox and
    David Vassalotti just don’t like to end songs. Although they
    did manage to squeeze 5-ish songs into these two sides.
    “Disco Dad” gets a reprise at the end of Side A, it has a
    riff that would have made a good alternative to the Jaws
    theme. On the flip side “I’m Still Mad” lasts for a few brown
    bag huffs and cheap cigarette puffs, before their epic
    “Ride the Moon into the Sun” which is sort of dirty psych
    rock. Or is it is sort of a Terry Riley goes punk number
    with space kraut flavor? The best thing about this release
    is its willful messiness. And that includes the confused
    booklet, with imagined battles versus a corporate shoe
    company who want to call the album “Young Man Dancing
    Pumps.” The automatic writing hits on the lousy nature of
    rock camps and includes crumbs of Doritos. I see know
    these two are part of a band called “Merchandise” (on 4AD
    even, hmmmm I’ll check out samples). Maybe these Dads
    are no more, and maybe they’ve grown up and lost their
    madness and method of taking themselves simultaneouslynot seriously and (faux?) solipsistically super-seriously,
    as befits a young man’s pumped-up diary! They did this
    in 2011 when we were all a lot younger, stupider and
    happier. In an ideal world the band would have ended
    when they cranked up their home-made laser light show
    to these mighty messy jams.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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