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The Globes

Sinter Songs

(Self-released; US: Apr 2010; UK: Unavailable)

Another indie-rock band. Excited?

Sometimes it just doesn’t come together. Sinter Songs, a four-song EP from Spokane, Washington quartet the Globes, features competent guitar work, a decent rhythm section and the kind of half-moaned, half-droned vocals so beloved of countless indie bands. (Metaphysical question: how many bands can be “indie” before they stop being “indie” and start being “just the way bands all sound these days”? I’m not really looking for an answer.)


Leadoff track “Stay Awake” is probably the most interesting of the batch, opening as it does with rattling percussion and cat-scratch fretwork before building into something more melodic. “A Stitch Couldn’t Save the World” is a mid-tempo number that exceeds five minutes and is probably longer than it needs to be. Third song “Untitled” is fairly forgettable, while closer “Pretty Birds Above Our Heads” brings us back to moan ‘n’ drone territory. You know, it’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with any of it. But there’s nothing particularly memorable about any of it, either.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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