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Static of the Gods

Cycles Follow Signs

(Del Verano; US: 17 Apr 2007)

Hrm.  There’s a great big sticker on the cover of Static of the Gods’ debut album Cycles Follow Signs that says it’s for fans of the Arcade Fire, the Cardigans, Rilo Kiley, and Pretty Girls Make Graves.  You know, I’m just not hearing it.  It’s not awful, but it certainly doesn’t carry with it the ambitions of any of those bands.  I mean, the Arcade Fire?  Is it because they use synthesizers every once in a while?  What Static of the Gods is is a fairly run-of-the-mill power pop band with a vocalist that occasionally evokes Gwen Stefani, but is more comfortable mimicking post-Matrix Liz Phair.  Some of the songs are fun little ditties with nifty, winding melodies and pleasantly distorted guitars—“Eighty-Eights” is like Del Amitri except, um, girly, and “City Is Closed” might be the lost Fountains of Wayne/Juliana Hatfield collabo that never happened—but mostly, it’s pleasant, ignorable, forgettable power pop.  Static of the Gods is tight enough a band that I hope they don’t break up, but Cycles Follow Signs works far better as a statement of potential than any sort of current achievement.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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