Javelins Carry That Weight


Javelins, Heavy Meadows (Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack! Media, 2008)

MP3: “Heavy Meadows”

Heavy Meadows is a record soaked with sound. Yeah, the kinetic rhythms of singer/drummer Matt Rickle and bassist Julian Wettlin that made Javelins‘ first LP No Plants, Just Animals so dynamic are still there. But they take a backseat to guitarist Matt Howard’s jangly, tremelo-laden guitars and subtle variations on a theme of New Wave. Upon first listen, the album seems like a euphoric musical jaunt through soft summer evenings and cool pastures of sonic bliss. But appearances are deceiving. There are flowers, but they’re always wilting. There’s summer, but it’s always ending. It’s easy to become transfixed on the Continue reading “Javelins Carry That Weight”

Review: Child Bite, Fantastic Gusts of Blood

Is it allowed for a scrappy post-punk band weaned on Mr. Bungle, Kill Rock Stars, and Mountain Dew to issue a concept album based on various stories of Greek mythology, set to the tune of a bunch of mad scientists sticking light sabers inside the pickups of their guitars? Take one spin through Child Bite’s relentless new


Child Bite, Fantastic Gusts of Blood (Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack! Media, 2008)

Listen: “Never-Ending Mountain Slammer”
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Is it allowed for a scrappy post-punk band weaned on Mr. Bungle, Kill Rock Stars, and Mountain Dew to issue a concept album based on various stories of Greek mythology, set to the tune of a bunch of mad scientists sticking light sabers inside the pickups of their guitars? Take one spin through Child Bite‘s relentless new Continue reading “Review: Child Bite, Fantastic Gusts of Blood”

Music Vid: Javelins, “Out On the Sand”

Who’s got the sweet museum hook up, yo? Whoever it is, Javelins lucked out, as their new video for “Out on the Sand” — the first single from their upcoming Heavy Meadows — looks like a glossy documentary on taxidermy; staring a cool band, instead of old creepy dudes. The boys don’t seem to be too thrilled to be surrounded by a


Javelins, “Out On the Sand” (Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack! Media, 2008)

Who’s got the sweet museum hook up, yo? Whoever it is, Javelins lucked out, as their new video for “Out On the Sand” — the first single from their upcoming Heavy Meadows — looks like a glossy documentary on taxidermy; staring a cool band, instead of old creepy dudes. The boys don’t seem to be too thrilled to be surrounded by a Continue reading “Music Vid: Javelins, “Out On the Sand””

New Record: The Hard Lessons, B & G Sides

Volumes one through three of this EP set from hard-touring Detroit kids the Hard Lessons are already available, and “See and be Scene” (with the “boy,” Augie, out front) and “Don’t Shake My Tree” (with the “girl,” Ko Ko, on lead vocals) have proven to be as giddily unstoppable over the last few months as they were when the band first debuted the songs on their seemingly 24/7/365 tour schedule.


The Hard Lessons, B & G Sides (Quack! Media, 2008)

Listen: “Don’t Shake My Tree”
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Volumes one through three of this EP set from hard-touring Detroit kids the Hard Lessons are already available, and “See and be Scene” (with the “boy,” Augie, out front) and “Don’t Shake My Tree” (with the “girl,” Ko Ko, on lead vocals) have proven to be as giddily unstoppable over the last few months as they were when the band first debuted the songs on their seemingly 24/7/365 tour schedule. (It doesn’t matter where you Continue reading “New Record: The Hard Lessons, B & G Sides”

Review: The Pop Project, Stars of Stage and Screen

It seems that, with our inevitable rush toward a universal outbreak of attention deficit disorder, that bands have forgotten so many parts to their songs. They’re just not there. The bridges, the sax breaks, the prechoruses and postchoruses and choruses returning in the twilight of a song, adorned in the regalia of harmonies, xylophones, and the soft hush before the big finish.


The Pop Project, Stars of Stage and Screen (Suburban Sprawl/Quack! Media, 2008)

Listen: “Totally Awesome”
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It seems that, with our inevitable rush toward a universal outbreak of attention deficit disorder, that bands have forgotten so many parts to their songs. They’re just not there. The bridges, the sax breaks, the prechoruses and postchoruses and choruses returning in the twilight of a song, adorned in the regalia of harmonies, xylophones, and the soft hush before the big finish. Bands have forgotten that songs can be Continue reading “Review: The Pop Project, Stars of Stage and Screen”