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The Interiors

The Interiors

(54 40 Or Fight; US: 17 Jun 2008; UK: Unavailable)

There was an unfortunate accident concerning the The Interiors and a gust of wind. After signing a record deal, guitarist and vocalist Chase Duncan had a door slam on his hand from a gale of wind. The result was part of his left index finger being amputated. The Interiors have carried on, intent on crafting catchy garage rock-oriented songs such as the leadoff track “I’m So Happy” which ends with the listener wanting a bit more. The band also comes off looking good during the mid-tempo “The Bug” but the ensuing “A Crooked Line” is a bit iffy at best as the trio muddles its way through. As the album continues, Duncan and company hit and miss as “You Should Have Known” lacks any sort of urgency depending on a groove that isn’t good enough to carry the song. “Wingman” is more of the same and by now it appears the band has hit a wall of sorts creatively. The album’s highlight is without question the primal, perfect “Ghosts” which conjures up images of ‘70s garage bands. But a very high-quality runner-up is the rockabilly romp-meets-rave up entitled “Shooting Off”.

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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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