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Bee Vs. Moth

Acronymous

(Aggraveire Music)

Bee Vs. Moth call themselves a “multiple-genre, weirdo instrumental rock band from Austin, Texas.” I’m not sure I would have phrased it quite that way, but it’s a fairly reasonable self-assesment. Throughout Acronymous there are musical allusions to Don Caballero, Herb Alpert, Ornette Coleman, and, maybe distantly, a more raucous Calexico. In any case, their Austin roots are strong: not one of Acronymous’ tracks could be considered uninteresting to the educated listener. “ICP On Parade” marches into a brass fumble and rights itself again. “Peter Benko” begins with a Blood Brothers-esque rhythm only to end up sounding something like garage jazz. Are those comparisons even fair? Is garage jazz real? Not sure. The Bee Vs. Moth gang might know, though. I recommend you find out.

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Jason Cook is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. After a slew of existential crises, he adventured throughout New England and became a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. He's now reviewing music for PopMatters, The Quietus, and Resident Advisor, and writing/editing Call of Cthulhu books for Chaosium.


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