Octoberman, Japandroids, Oh No & Liars
Our regular album-reviewing married couple, Meg and Jeph, left earlier this month on a trip to Europe, requiring us to find a new couple bound by union. We honestly racked our brains for weeks trying to think of a substitute before remembering our adorable friends, Mos and Amanda. They were the perfect replacements: totally in love with each other and music. What made them even better was that they hadn’t heard of, or at least heard the music of, a bunch of the bands we asked them to review. Probably too busy being married and awesome.
Octoberman â€“ Run From Safety
Amanda: Octoberman to the rescue! Man, I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s almost October.
Mosang: A lot of these songs have good foundations, but there are too many horns and metaphors piled on. It reminds me of a new, poppy Wilco. How old is Octoberman anyway to be dragging his old bones up the stairs?
A: Like my old nemesis Blues Traveler. The pensive wonderings about life just seem borrowed; musings on othersâ€™ musings.
M: 6th Avenue Heartache! â€œElbow Roomâ€ totally channels The Wallflowers, not to mention the Ice Cube reference. â€œDiggity check yo self before you wreck yo self!â€ Man, that songâ€™s good.
A: â€œShit Just Falls Apartâ€ is good, funny and good. The last part of the album is better â€˜cause the songs are more basic and purist.
M: The singing and music are totally tight and cohesive.
A: The last song â€œChasing Ambulancesâ€ is really nice with the violin. Heâ€™s all battered and bruised, actually talking about something real.
Japandroids â€“ All Lies (EP)
Amanda: I love that â€œWhoooo!â€ in â€œCouture Suicide.â€
Mosang: The guitars on this album are awesome, so crunchy.
A: Nice and heavy like Primus. Theyâ€™re good yellers. Itâ€™s all sing-songy and makes me think of the Gossip.
M: Not so much singing in these songs.
A: Good. I get sick of singing.
M: â€œTo Hell with Good Intentionsâ€ cracks me up. Itâ€™s so damn snot-nosed and punky. â€œMy love is bigger than your loveâ€¦â€ What does that line mean anyway?
A: Thatâ€™s how we show love in our society. Itâ€™s all a big contest, like â€˜this diamond really means I love you baby, because itâ€™s so much bigger than all the other girlsâ€™ diamonds.â€™
M: â€œPress Corpsâ€ rocks like Dinosaur Jr. Itâ€™s a call to all journalists! Itâ€™s got two totally different riffs in it too.
A: I thought this song said â€œFresh Corn! Give me something to wake up for!â€ Seemed like a weird thing to wake up for. Iâ€™m glad we know this band now.
M: I like this album because I can listen to the whole thing on my bus ride to work.
Oh No â€“ Dr. Noâ€™s Oxperiment
Mosang: Man, Iâ€™d hate to be at this party. Sounds like a bunch of dudes bobbing their heads.
Amanda: I like some of the samples. I just grow weary of it because it all feels overdone.
M: Definitely. I suppose you could use these tracks in your DJ set or something.
A: Yeah, Iâ€™m always DJ-ing.
M: A bunch of little snippets, just like the â€œDonutsâ€ album by J Dilla. Iâ€™d rather hear them stretched out into full songs.
A: I like the traditional Eastern singing and music on â€œHeavyâ€ and some of the other songs. Iâ€™d rather just hear that.
M: I wouldnâ€™t want to listen to the entire album in one sitting. Itâ€™s a bit schizophrenic.
A: It all just sounds watered-down because itâ€™s all such short songs. It doesnâ€™t get you in that trance-y space because a song doesnâ€™t continue on long enough.
M: I donâ€™t have much more to say.
A: Me either.
Liars â€“ Liars
Mosang: â€œPlaster Casts of Everythingâ€ is a pretty good way to open an album. Sounds like â€˜90s rock and grunge.
Amanda: â€œI wanna run away, I wanna bring you too.â€ Thatâ€™s how I feel sometimes. It reminds me of Janeâ€™s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It feels like being a teenager.
M: Some of the songs are just noise.
A: They sound like underwater Mazzy Star with the discordant guitar and steady bass. Some of them are too heavy though, like you should be down in your S&M cave.
M: Very droning. I like the rockinâ€™ songs more.
A: I donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re saying.
M: I have no idea. I do like â€œClear Islandâ€, probably because I can understand what theyâ€™re saying.
A: Itâ€™s sort of ambient, pretty good but not too many songs I really like. Itâ€™s kinda boring.