Noisy riffs and delicate disco combine at Zig-Zag Rolling With… gig
Death Cab For Cutie : The Photo Album
Excellent guitar-packed debut...
is no longer a pejorative term. Fiercely independent (they wouldn’t even sign
to ultra-hip label Jade Tree), and writers of intelligent, heartfelt lyrics,
you could even call them emo without fear of misclassification. Or you
could, if ‘The Photo Album’ wasn’t more punk in attitude than application.
So while guitars scribble wildly over ‘I Was A Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Blacking
Out The Friction’, they mainly favour a subtler approach that’s equal parts
Slint, early Mercury Rev, and prime REM.
The result is a slow-burning lo-fi tunefulness topped off with Ben Gibbard’s
extraordinary lyrics. Matching endearing scratchiness with detail-packed
tales more commonly found in short story collections, the pick of them -
‘Styrofoam Plates’ - tells a Raymond Carver-style story of the funeral of an
absent father who was more "a donor of seeds to a poor single mother" than a
As intelligent, bittersweet, angular stuff, whether it’s alt.rock,
guitar-pop, or even emo is immaterial. Labels be damned - just call it great
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Los Angeles punk crew hit a sweet spot between hedonism and poignancy on a multi-layered second album