|Light Sleeper |
I am awakened by a light sound, maybe some voices… but it is too faint to make out. It hovers right at the edge of my sanity. It is just loud enough to keep my brain from sleeping and not nearly interesting enough to make me want to listen any harder. I am totally sub-conscious.
Wait a minute, I am at my desk at work and I have fallen dead asleep listening to the first full-length release from Shmat recording artists Light Sleeper. Holy crap, they asked for it with that name. The yawn, snore, and bed-wetting jokes are going to be drowning them shortly. I hope they are pretty comfortable with themselves because this disc is completely uninspired and, unfortunately, fairly promising at the same time.
The formula is very Spaceman 3 or Galaxie 500. Girl and two boys. Guitars on 2, voices on 3, reverb on 11. Formula is complete, check! Audience is anxious from reading bio and band influences, check! Band shuffles onto stage and stares at ground, check! All is ready for a completely codeine-influenced (the drug, not the band) time and…
The listener is fighting to be more bored than the band is while they are playing these songs. The whole package, down to the faux-computer logo for the band name, rings of some lame 90s shoegazer band from America, trying to be like the good shoe-gazer bands from the UK… Good lord, go emulate the Strokes or something. Actually hit those guitar strings. Open your eyes for chrissakes, maybe even more around a little.
ZZZZZZZZZZZ…. I wish I had dreamed that I had heard this CD. Dreams never come true.
- Grant Capes | 2003-11-04
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