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My Education

Bad Vibrations

(Strange Attractors; US: 10 Jun 2008; UK: 16 Jun 2008)

Somewhere between the dense fog of tension-and-release post-rock dirge of Scotland’s Mogwai and the volcanic beauty of their fellow Texas instru-metalists Explosions in the Sky exists the music of Austin’s My Education. Only unlike those other bands, as dubiously displayed on the group’s latest, Bad Vibrations, these guys aren’t as interested inasmuch about the money shot as they are the build-up of their instrumental epics, sonically speaking, of course. And the fact that the viola is featured as prominently in their music as the guitars adds a semblance of Kronos Quartet-ian sophistication to even their most brutal arrangements, as the explosive eight-minute opener “This Old House” dully signifies.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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