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Deleted Scenes

Birdseed Shirt

(What Delicate Recordings; US: 10 Mar 2009; UK: Unavailable)

When Deleted Scenes—a madcap, J. Robbins-approved Maryland-based indie four-piece—are on, they sound positively unstoppable. You can alternately hear bits of Dandy-Warhols-by-way-of-Blood-Brothers grandstanding (“Mortal Sin”), lush New Pornographers-indebted balladry (“Fake IDs”), total Long Winters ripoffs (“Turn to Sand”), and even some wry Broken Social Scene nods here and there (“City That Never Wakes Up”). 


Though the Deleted Scenes’ best moments are genuinely mixtape-worthy (“Fake IDs” is a stunner), there’s a reason why so much of this disc sounds like a compilation of “indie-rock’s greatest trends.” By nicking and stealing from so many other great acts, the Deleted Scenes never seem to settle on their own musical identity, resulting in half-baked experiments like “Get Your Shit Together for the Holidays” and the lamentable “Another, Worse Cliché”, which meanders across so many different styles across the first 60 seconds that you begin to wonder if the band assembles some tracks by cutting and pasting random snippets of their own jams together instead of sitting down and writing cohesive melodies. These low points are a damn shame, too: the Deleted Scenes perpetually sound like they’re on the verge of creating something truly great, but with Birdseed Shirt, all they show is the potential, not the actual follow-through.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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