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The Dont's

Inner El Camino

(The Dont's Music; US: 30 Jan 2007; UK: Unavailable)

What a fricking hard name to type! The Don’t’s, er, The Dont’s take the band name as their surnames, Ramones-style, and craft bizarre yet engaging tunes that go against the grain. Whether it’s a quick take like “Hands Inside the Bus” or a fleshed out number like “Blahblahblah”, the band have a minimal side to it that complements the occasional bursts of experimentation. Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener. This is exemplified during “I Get Back Up”. The first mainstream pop tune is the light, indie-rock perfect “Plastic We All Are”. From there, the band nails the rather funky, groovy “Throwing It All Away” that sounds like a cross between At the Drive-In and James Brown. Tight and well-executed, the group outdoes itself with the slow-then-fast-then-odd “AKA SOB” and the quirky “Worldview”, which sounds like a cross between the Flaming Lips and the Hold Steady on sedatives. However, they’ve even stretched diehards fans with “Believe?”, which sounds like a spacey homage to the White Stripes.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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