Into 2009... and let me tell you my new favorite band:
Parts & Labor
God do I love the incessant drone of this Brooklyn based trio...
...now made quartet by the addition of guitarist Sarah Lipstate:
My introduction was their first release, Mapmaker, but it's their new release, Receivers with the relentless, Ramonesesque Nowheres Nigh that is getting all the attention:
There are commercial elements here of New Order, REM, Green Day (read: The Who), with anthemesque overtones of early eighties Big Country, all put together in the most uncommercial fashion. And it's hard not to like a drummer who puts Jimmy Chamberlain on the run with some simple paradiddle rhythms pounded to perfection:
Yes, I was introduced to them by Sound Opinions
, and yes that leaves me behind the curve, but hey!... I've got children listening to Pink and Linkin Park: it's hard to keep up.
But when I get it right I get it right.