The Beets

Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool

by Sarah Moore

13 May 2010

 
cover art

The Beets

Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool

(Captured Tracks)
US: 9 Jun 2009
UK: Import

This certainly isn’t the band cartoon character Doug was obsessed with.  The description on the label’s website describes them in an unsettlingly accurate way: “sounds like a group of drunk, possibly retarded 12 year olds”.
The recording itself is meager and anemic, as if they recorded themselves down a really long hallway.  The extremely lo-fi sound is pretty basic, with minimal accompaniment.  The tinny and hollow sound is pretty annoying, but somewhat masks the sloppy and repetitive songwriting.  With all the modern day recording tools out there today, it doesn’t make sense to make a record with such little attention.  If one could actually decipher the lyrics (good luck), the tunes could perhaps be fun drinking songs. 

Of course, there is always the idea that the band knows and embraces all of the above.  Perhaps there is beauty in songs like “I Wish I Knew How My Life Should Be”, which have the guitar, bass, and vocals all playing (or singing) the same part in unison.  If any of the aforementioned intrigues, perhaps the best idea would be to try to make your own record with your buddies this weekend.  You’ll probably do a better job.

Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool

Rating:

//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

20 Questions: Kasey Chambers

// Sound Affects

"Australia's country great Kasey Chambers embraced her ambition on a new double-album, but still wants to be remembered as "being real in a very fake world."

READ the article