Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Sunday Cleaning – Volume 30

The Coast / The Coast (independent)

Just to get it out of the way, yes Toronto’s Coast sound like New Order. Or at least, they do at first but if you started making a list, you’d find more dissimilar points than similar. They actually sound more like the guy who’d go to the Hacienda every night but rather than get his face off on the dance floor, sat in the corner intensely writing poetry. Shimmering and melancholy, there’s a depth and yearning in the music that it never would have occurred to Bernard Sumner to examine. I’m a little distressed to find that I used all my best review lingo when I saw them live way back in December… So have a look at that and let me say that their EP more than delivers on the promise I saw in the live performance. Sometimes I complain about how slavishly anglophile Toronto can be, but every once in a while it pays off in spades. Their next gig is at the Drake Underground on May 20.

MP3: The Coast – “The Lines Are Cut”
The Coast @ MySpace

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone / Ettiquite (Tomlab)

Sometimes it’s helpful when the band’s name tells you all you really need to know. Though boasting a broader sonic palette than his previous works, Chicago’s Owen Ashworth, AKA he who is painfully alone, still rocks the cheap Casio-esque keyboards and drum machines and sound like they were recorded in a dark suburban bedroom, perhaps under the covers. The most obvious reference point would be The Magnetic Fields, at least the earlier works. But while still possessing a sense of humour, CFTPA is less droll and obviously spent far more time listening to old Sebadoh records than schooling himself in Tin Pan Alley, but are also more obviously heartfelt and less cloaked in irony.

MP3: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – “Young Shields”
MP3: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – “Cold White Christmas”
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone @ MySpace

Walking Bicycles

Chicago’s Walking Bicycles prove there might still be some life in the whole post-punk/new wave thing after all. They stuttering and jagged and raw, but with a deeply-ingrained melodicism that sets them apart from their similarly-influenced peers. It also helps that singer Jocelyn Summers doesn’t sing in a Factory-issue Ian Curtis monotone but instead has a nicely expressive rasp that’s capable of conveying an emotional range something beyond the usual tension and anxiety. Note to everyone who still wants to squeeze some blood from this stylistic stone – get a girl to sing. Opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Their debut album Disconnected was released earlier this month.

MP3: Walking Bicycles – “Welcome To The Future”
MP3: Walking Bicycles – “Killing Time”
Walking Bicycles @ MySpace

np – Mates Of State / Bring It Back

By : Frank Yang at 11:28 am
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  1. Paul says:

    Ooh, that Walking Bicycles stuff is great!

  2. Dave says:

    that Casiotone album is holding up really well.

  3. J. Herzog says:

    I saw the Bicycles 2nd show ever at a house party when they lived here in Humboldt county. They’ve gotten a lot better…

  4. Bret says:

    thanks for covering Walking Bicycles! We’re ready to take over the country with some energetic, sexy and smart rock and roll. See them on tour in June and August.

  5. rachel says:

    Owen’s a really nice guy. He puts on a fun show. He was touring with the Donkeys, but I don’t know if he made it up your way.