Friday, June 29, 2007

Black Before Red

Black Before Red throws the traditional four-piece line-up a curve. Multi-instrumentalists all, they seamlessly incorporate acoustic, electric and electronic elements and seem to draw on the whole of the history of rock and pop while offering up something entirely new. Enlisting the help of friends from Okkervil River, The Lemurs and Zykos for an even fuller symphonic sound, Belgrave to Kings Circle offers a rich fabric of challenging arrangements captured in a recording that speaks of obsessive perfectionism of the best kind. Despite our love of these elements, we barely noticed them at first, too busy dancing around the living room and trying to sing along before we even knew the words.

In their hometown of Austin, Black Before Red is something of a “bandʼs band.” Their shows look a little like a local musiciansʼ convention, and have at times become de facto I Eat Records meetings. Although this is their debut album, the band can hardly be called “freshman.” They are one of those groups that seems to have been around forever, undergoing multiple lineup changes as members came and went--to join Okkervil in one case--before finally coalescing into an ideal mix and settling in to make their ideal debut album. Recommended!

Black Before Red - Underneath Gold
Black Before Red - Teenage America
Black Before Red - Halliberlin Petroleum
Black Before Red @ MySpace

Frank Black - The Cult Of Ray
Say Hi To Your Mom - Impeccable Blahs
The Sounds - Dying To Say This To YOu
+ Broken Social Scene, Air, Altura, And One, Freezepop, Oomph, Silversun Pickups, Weezer,
Throwing Muses, Ladytron, Melotron, David Bowie, Camouflage, Kaiser Chiefs, etc.
Peter Bjorn And John - Writer's Block
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Please Desribe Yourself
Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
+ Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper, Muse, Kaiser Chiefs. CYHSY, etc.
The White Stripes - Icky Thump (2007) !!!
The Dead 60s - The Dead 60s
Rock En Roll En - Sjalvmordssanger (2007)
Mistress - The Glory Bitches Of Doghead (2007)
Benny Benassi - Hypnotica


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