America Give Up CD (2012)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Rough Trade/ada
SKU 227672638
UPC 883870064026
UPC 14 00883870064026
Format CD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Links
Author Howler
Technical Info
Producer Chris Heidman; Jeff Lorentzen
CatalogID RTRADCD 640
Lable Name Rough Trade
Released 01/16/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 31m : 56s
UPC 00883870064026
Album Notes and Credits
Three-minute blasts of guitars, drums, bass, and attitude may be among the simplest kinds of songs to make, but they're also some of the hardest to make truly distinctive. The Strokes did it by evoking the heyday of New York's punk and new wave scene, infusing it with emotions that veered from too cool for school to unbridled glee; the Ramones did it by subverting the sounds of '50s and '60s innocence with tales of sniffing glue and being sedated; and the Libertines did it by harking back to the Beatles and the Clash while adding their own debauchery and poetry. Howler obviously hold these sounds and bands in great reverence: they've got the handclaps, the strutting riffs, and the backing vocals in just the right places. Jordan Gatesmith's voice -- which is surprisingly deep for a guy still in his teens when these songs were recorded -- hovers somewhere between a sleepier Julian Casablancas and a less excitable Joey Ramone, and "Wailing (Making Out)"'s impatience and singsong verse melody play like a rewrite of the Strokes' "The Modern Age." There's plenty of fun to be had in the rave-up "Black Lagoon," and songs such as "Beach Sluts" would have freshened up Angles. "Too Much Blood," with its wall-of-sound beats and dreamy melody, hints at untapped depths to the band's sound, as does "Free Drunk," which finds Gatesmith singing in a more natural -- and original -- voice. ~ Heather Phares
Disc 1
1 Beach Sluts
2 Back To the Grave
3 This One's Different
4 America
5 Too Much Blood
6 Wailing (Making Out)
7 Pythagorean Fearem
8 Told You Once
9 Back of Your Neck
10 Free Drunk
11 Black Lagoon
Product Attributes
Artist Howler
Music Format Compact Disc
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