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Death Valley Rally

The Stars Shine Brighter After Midnight

(Planting Seeds; US: 27 Aug 2013; UK: 27 Aug 2013)

Sunshine pop for starry nights

Death Valley Rally is a Virginia-based quartet whose debut EP, The Stars Shine Brighter After Midnight, is a high-energy fuzz-fest featuring layers of distortion, twinned male-female vocals and an unerring pop sensibility. The EP’s six tracks open with “Come On”, an uptempo rave-up that sounds a lot like Veruca Salt by way of Elastica, and there is little in the other tunes that deviates from this pattern. Highlights include the fainly sinister fuzz-bass rumble of “I See You Clearly Now” (at 4:45 the longgest track here) and the organ-inflected “One Night in Vienna”. Clocking in at under 24 minutes, there’s not a lot of material here, but for a good-natured slab of scratchy, sunshiney pop, it hits the spot.

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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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